Monetizing Your Blog: Four Ideas to Consider — The Daily Post

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Here are four ways to earn money from your site that have worked well on WordPress.com blogs and websites.

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Impressions is the measurement of how often an ad has displayed for a visitor on your site.

If you’ve been interested in running ads on your site, you may have heard about programs like AdSense, Chitika, or Infolinks. These can be useful to sites with a general focus, but they rely on millions of impressions to be profitable. They can be difficult to configure, and the software that powers them often slows your site down.

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Since WordPress.com users still wanted an effective, easy-to-implement ad program, we built WordAds. WordAds lets you focus on creating your content, instead of spending your time troubleshooting Javascript. Any site can apply to use WordAds; all you need is a custom domain name.

If you chose the WordPress.com Premium or Business Plan for your site, there’s even better news in store: you can turn on WordAds immediately! Visit your WordAds settings and change the visibility to either of the Run Ads selections.

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Be sure to also fill in the Site Owner and Tax Reporting Information fields; this will prevent delays on payouts of any earnings your site brings in, and is necessary if you’re a US-based blogger.

If you are a self-hosted WordPress.org site owner, WordAds is available to you as well! Check out the AdControl plugin that you’ll need to take part in the WordAds program. You’ll also find information on how to get started with WordAds for your self-hosted site.

Affiliates

If your blog focuses on a certain topic or niche, affiliate programs can be an effective way to earn income from your writing. Affiliate programs allow you to link to specific products or services on other sites, and if a visitor to your site clicks on the link and makes a purchase, you’ll be rewarded with a percentage of that sale (and of future sales, in some cases).

Affiliate programs work best when you refer to specific items that are closely tied to the topic of your posts. For example, if you have a cooking blog, an Amazon affiliate link to the fancy new mixer you bought could be a smart move. Nearly anything that can be purchased online is a good target for affiliate linking. There are many affiliate networks and sites to choose from, though selecting the one with the highest payout isn’t always the wisest decision. You’ll want to make sure you’re promoting products or services from a reputable site that your loyal audience can trust.

For most bloggers, prominent sites like Amazon and eBay provide excellent opportunities to link to products you’re mentioning in articles. They’re also trusted eCommerce sites, so your visitors won’t have reservations about ordering that nifty gadget you’ve mentioned. However, if there’s a widely trusted retail site in your specific area of interest, it might provide a greater affiliate commission, with expert-level knowledge in your subject matter. It’s perfectly acceptable to use more than one affiliate program, so feel free to mix and match to promote the best deals to your readers.

Sponsored Posts

If you’ve built up a substantial audience on your site, you may have companies contacting you to write a sponsored post. These can be a great way to get early access to products, receive free or heavily discounted items, or just earn a per-post fee. If they offer an affiliate program, there’s even more chance for profit.

If you receive payment, free products, or significant discounts for a blog post, there is a bit more due diligence to think about. In the US, the FTC issues guidelines on how to appropriately disclose reviews that originate from company sponsorships. While the FTC doesn’t typically monitor individual bloggers, these regulations are in place, no matter how small your audience.

Selling Products & Services

A common way to make money on the web is by selling a product or service. If you’ve got a knack for creating things people want to purchase, you’re already on the path to selling online. Handicrafts, shippable food items, or vintage clothing are all great examples of things people successfully sell online.

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On WordPress.com, we make selling things easy — just use a Paypal button. If you have a product that’s a bit more complex, or if you need a full eCommerce solution, it’s possible the best route for you is moving to a self-hosted WordPress.org site with a WooCommerce online store.

Donations, Gifts, & Tips

Finally, the most straightforward way to earn money from your blogging is to simply ask for it! If you’re a writer that posts stories online, it can be a great way to generate a bit of income, and it’s certainly less time-consuming than assembling and publishing an entire book.

For most site owners who want to accept donations, a Paypal button is a great solution. Depending on your particular niche, sites like Kickstarter, IndieGogo, Patreon, and GoFundMe may fit your needs as well.

Accepting money in this manner doesn’t need to be just donations, either! Many soon-to-be-married couples make a donation/gift button available for offsetting honeymoon costs in lieu of traditional wedding gifts. Bands sometimes accept early donations in exchange for priority access to music. You’ve probably even seen companies accept deposits or contributions towards in-development, cutting-edge products.

Finally…

Making extra income from your blog or site is great, but always remember that the quality of what you publish is what’s most important. Without great posts, your visitor numbers will dwindle, and the income you make will soon follow.

Compelling Ways to Rally Your People and Keep Them Engaged in a Company

Employee engagement is a hot topic for most businesses.

There is no lack of expert advice in the form of books, magazine articles, motivational seminars, and consulting strategies that you and your human resources team can turn to for motivating your people and, ultimately, getting them to care as much about your business as you do – or, at least, to perform as if they do.

From team meetings, to reward programs, to suggestion boxes, to “casual Fridays,” to game rooms, to rest areas, to coaching your managers on how to communicate more effectively, to all of the other tips and techniques that continue to be extolled – well, it’s enough to make your head spin and certainly enough to keep your HR department busy, busy, busy.

But the million-dollar question, of course, is do any of these tactics actually work?

And, if you can even demonstrate that they do, are they worth the time, effort, and expense you’re putting into them?

Or are they just drawing attention and resources away from other critical aspects of the business at hand?

I have a much simpler, much more powerful and compelling solution for you.

It’s called: The Story of Your Business

The Story of Your Business becomes the spirit that mobilizes it, and you, as well as everyone who works for it (and buys from it, lends to it, and supplies it), and extends even beyond the walls of your company to impact everyone in your community, however large or small your community might be.

Without “Your Story,” your business is reduced to just plain work.

“Your Story” should reflect an idealized version of your business and create a vivid picture of what your business should be and why.

When your people hear the impassioned words of “Your Story” and see for themselves the picture it creates, it gives them a compelling target to strive for in their own work as they put it into action every day through the implementation and continuous improvement of the systems you’ve created.

“Your Story” is paramount because it is the encapsulation of your entrepreneurial Dream, Vision, Purpose and Mission. As such, “Your Story” is not just Any Story; it’s “Your Story,” the Story you must love.

Do you imagine that Walt Disney loved his Disneyland Story? Or Debbie Fields her Mrs. Fields Cookies Story? What about Fred Smith’s Federal Express Story, Ray Kroc’s McDonald’s Story, or Howard Schultz’s Starbucks Story?

Do you think these people loved their stories? Do you think that others loved to hear them, and still do?

I daresay that all successful entrepreneurs love the Story of their businesses.

Because that’s what true entrepreneurs do: they tell stories that come to life in the form of their businesses, and then they live them!

So get into the storytelling zone.

Behave as if it means everything to you and show no hesitation when telling it.

Tell “Your Story” with passion and conviction.

Tell it with precision.

Never hurry when telling “Your Story.” Let it be unveiled, slowly.

Look your people straight in the eyes and tell “Your Story” as if it were the most important one they’ll ever hear about business.

Because it will be, for them, just as it is for you, since you are asking them to pour their hearts and souls, their brains and imagination, their time, commitment, and sweaty persistence into it, just as you are doing.

Remember, a great Story never fails.

MEDIA FREEDOM IS CONSTITUTIONALLY GIVEN

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it” this are the words the former German-born physicist, Albert Einstein.

Chapter 34 of the Kenyan constitution in coherence to the International Charter for the Media rights and freedoms provides that the Media shall exercise its rights in an environment free from interference of the Government. The act also provides the Press, the right to expression and information from the Government without victimization nor intimidation.

However in the near past there has been a rise in the spate of attack on the Media, from the government and the public. I mean, imagine the world without the press “it would be an absolute dark,” I won’t be watching my favorite local dramas, my sister won’t watcher her favorite soap opera, my dad would grumble and bulldoze everyone in the house when he arrives home from work, since he has nothing to keep him busy.That common “Wanjiku” won’t be informed on whom to elect based on their manifesto. The return of those days when the president had to send letters via chopper’s to respective areas for the regional administers to spread his ideologies.

No! We should respect the media it has done so much transformation to the society today for it to be ignored, it has done its oversight role dedicatively, it has spear headed for the modern democracy we enjoy today, it has helped transform our justice system by highlighting on prominent injustices in the society arm twisting the authority to take action and last but not atleast it has promoted development by advocating for the constructive politics.

“A free press is not a privilege but an organic necessity in a great society” Walter Lippmann : American journalist (1889-1974)

 

Shreds of Democracy “Nairobi County”- Lester Nafwa

Do “Nairobians” have a chance to elect a more credible and manifesto oriented leadership come 2017?

A recent survey conducted on the gubernatorial race in the county indicates that so far it’s still a two horse race between two political parties, Jubilee and Cord Alliance. The study shows thata majority of the capital’s inhabitants are pro the incumbent governor who reigns from the Cord Alliance, followed by Jubilee aspiring candidates.

But where does this leave the common “Naïve” “Wanjiku” who have been left to the mercies of these two political big wigs. Is the “third force” the awaited Messiah for the county residents for their long yearned ideological and score card oriented County Government? But is it a matter of choice for them to nominate their next County leadership or will they be arm twisted back to their tribal cocoons.

The daggers have been drown, any literate tom and dick in the County at least can identify the top contenders for the next “Arena”, “Your voting card, your bullet and voice that is the rhetory ,’’  from across the political  divide, but the choice is still at the safe hands of the Nairobian’s , just like the media conceptualise and shoot’s the message to their audience  for consumption, the Nairobian has a chance to use their voting card in changing the political dynamics in the County and the Country come 2017, August Election.

I hope that 2017 elections will be based on  the Nairobians  understanding  that for the City to be clean, it’s a concerted effort by  all the stakeholders from a cross the divide  and that for a more  developmental impact to realized a bilateral working relationship between the  County and National government has to be  accrued.

Well Nairobian’s “CHOICES HAVE CONSESEQUENCES BE WISE”

Kenya: the two sides of a coin

Kenya: the two sides of a coin by

I am Kenyan.

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I can’t really insert the word ‘proud’ in the line since i am not sure if i am. Kenya is a country to be envied: our great wildlife, exquisite art, epic nature, luxurious hotels and cool breeze at the coast, diverse cultures, multi-talented personalities name them…

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However, whatever we’re facing right now is certainly more than a crisis:

Motions in parliament have changed from important issues to trivial, make up prices have hiked! How now? I am now required to thoroughly wash my face, apply some little oil (which is also expensive) and walk to town. We’re all coerced to go natural😦 There’s a rampant increase in unemployment amongst the youths. Brilliant minds who earned themselves an honorary degree having had sleepless nights in a bid to make their future bright are now tarmaking in towns looking for jobs.With that said, i am literrally afraid of getting done with school. The cost of living in towns is very high and getting to win millions from a jackpot is narrowed down to ‘little money’ by the current economic state.

Some Kenyans in the Northen part, are dying of hunger. They trek to church (which is miles away) on Sunday with the hope and aim that they will get somethng to eat and unfortunately, the only thing the Priest can provide is spiritual food. What irks most is that we have leaders somewhere busy squandering our money. Yes, we the taxpayers.

I live in a country where scandals take place and all we do is bring up huge discussions on them in the media then do away with the issue later when the follow up fades away.

To be honest, none of what i said affects me at this moment; but it will in the future. Yes, i agree that right now i am teenager who depends wholly on her parents…but what about our future generations? What will we tell them ? That you only survive in Kenya if your bank account is overflowing …or if you’ve got connections?

The only thing i can innocently grumble about is the frequent power outages from our supplies. I thought this was the 21st century; it should all be peaches and cream.Climate change is still a major problem. We still have slums mushrooming all over the country; where innocent human beings live in deplorable conditions.

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So, with all these being the bane of our lives, the President’s son are out with their mates spending 1.16 million Kenyan shillings approximately, US $11,600 on drinks. I understand that it’s a free World and no one should tell you how to spend someone’s else money; but can you imagine if only an eighth or even 1/32th of the money could be spent in a children’s home.

Don’t call me a bitter teenager, i’m only being concerned with the kind of life my future kids & grandkids will live.

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The good thing about this is that we can change all the negatives. How? Good question. By electing leaders with positive and realistic manifestos.

 

Party politics the Kenyan way as politicians prepare for 2017 poll

If money could buy votes – and, let’s face it – then the newly formed Jubilee Party is in poll position for the 2017 presidential election

The Jubilee Party was created from the former Jubilee Alliance, a coalition of smaller parties that helped President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, into office in 2013, and was launched last weekend in a lavish three-day bash that cost a whopping two billion Kenyan shillings (that’s $19.7-million, or R283-million).

So what kind of party does two billion shillings buy you these days? There was music, there was dancing, and there were plenty of speeches at the Moi International Sport Complex in Kasarani, a Nairobi suburb. There were also 47 shiny new Land Cruisers to prowl around the city – one for each of Kenya’s counties – and a whopping 20,000 shillings in cash ($197, R2,800) for each of the estimated 500,000 delegates who attended.

The new party also unveiled a new, luxuriously appointed nerve centre in the heart of Nairobi, the eight-storey Jubilee House.

President Uhuru Kenyatta – also Kenya’s richest man, which might explain how a new party pulls off such an extravagant launch – described his newborn baby as a new era in Kenyan politics, terming it an expression of “our unity, our oneness, our togetherness”. The visibly emotional president pledged that the Jubilee Party will prevent Kenyans from going through post-election violence as witnessed in 2007/2008. “The pain of the past means that all of us have to work for reconciliation,” he said.

Not all of Kenyatta’s allies were in attendance at the extravaganza. Key party officials, such as tourism cabinet secretary Najib Balala and water cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa (who is also the party candidate for Nairobi governor) were notably absent.

These outspoken Jubilee figures, who held key positions in the current government, deliberately shied away from the launch to avoid being criticized by Kenyans. The constitution does not allow for ministers to engage in active politics.

Top Kenyan musicians including Jaguar, Bahati and Mercy Masika graced the occasion, with reports suggesting they were paid five million shillings each (R700,000).

Opposition leaders were quick to criticise the Jubilee Party spending, with some demanding an audit into where the funding came from. Others said the money could have been better spent on addressing Kenya’s high poverty rates and poor health system
The ODM celebrated its 10-year anniversary by flying delegates to a huge rally in a public park in Mombasa, complete with multimillion shilling performances from local musicians and 47 vehicles branded in ODM’s signature orange.Odinga also took a dig at the perceived values of the Jubilee Party supporters at the launch in Nairobi. “Today we are here to say thank you to those who have showed up without asking for money, without asking whether it is safe, for transport, for food, when the party has called on you to respond to the distress call of our nation,” he said.