How to Get a Free Website and Free Website Design

Developing a niche website is a great way to make income online via products you create and/or affiliate marketing.

I want to make it very clear that if you are at all serious about developling a website online you should get a website that you control. This means you should pay for hosting and a domain name.

I recommend Namecheap for domain names and Hostgator for hosting. But there are other good ones out there also.  A domain name runs about $12 a year and a hosting plan $10 or so per month for unlimited websites.  (Tip: Do not get your hosting at the same place as you buy your domain names.)

Using free platforms puts you at risk. Your site can be removed at any time. You are driving traffic to a site you don’t own. That said, some of you may want to play with a free website and free website design before you go the paid route.

So here is a step by step plan for you to get a free website and free website design.

Step 1

Go to www.webs.com. On the main page fill in the domain site name you want and a password. Webs.com offers an easy way to get a free website and free web design.

Step 2 

Click create a website.  A new screen will open up asking for more information; your email address, date of birth, country and gender. Your user name will be the same as your site address and will be prepopulated with the domain site name you chose in Step 1.

Step 3

Scroll down the screen and select a template. If you prefer to use advanced HTML you can upload your own. If you use webs.com, you have 300 templates to choose from. Templates range from a patriotic theme to floral backgrounds to modern designs. You can change your template at anytime. Most templates come in several color choices.

Step 4

Check “I agree to the terms of service” and click create my sites. A screen will pop up offering you different levels of service. Choose Basic (Free).

Step 5

Next a screen will pop up that asks if you want help building your site. Click Yes. Webs.com will then recommend pages for your site. It will walk you through the steps to develop each page. Pages make include a blog, photo gallery, shop etc.

Step 6

Spend time experimenting with the different easy to use site builder options that webs.com offers. You can delete pages, add pages, include links, add photos and video etc. There are lots of options for your free website and free website design.

Step 7

The webs.com is supported by ads so your website will have ads on it. You can however, upgrade (at a cost) to a no ad website. However, if you plan to do that you should switch to a hosting company where you can host unlimited blogs for the same price.

You can also register your domain name if it is available through webs.com but I would recommend registering it through a less expensive registrar such as Namecheap.

Enjoy playing with a free account but if you find you are enjoying the site and plan to develop it fully, you will want to migrate to a paid platform that you control. You can then use your free website as a backlink to help drive traffic to your paid site.

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Earn Cash at Survey Sites

There are a number of survey sites online that will pay you to share your thoughts and opinions. Many of these offer opportunities to complete offers for cash and prizes. Though most work at home money sites will suggest you sign up for a large number of these sites in order to make the most money, I find it is better to focus on just a few sites. You will stay organized and make payout earlier. Once you are earning well at a few sites, then expand to include more if you want to.

Survey sites can require a lot of time and effort. Yes, one woman has made thousands at CashCrate but she worked it like a job. And even then it is still difficult to make a lot with survey sites. I would recommend viewing them only as sites to make some pocket change at.

The one site I have found amazingly easy is Swagbucks. It has search and win, surveys etc. I go on once or so a week when I think of it and earn some points. Point are easy to get and I have enjoyed some delicious dinners out thanks to gift cards I ordered through Swagbucks.

If you sign up for a lot of sites you may want to use a different email address than your regular one as you may receive a lot of mail. Check that address often (including the spam pile) so you do not miss deadlines for surveys.

All sites are FREE to join.   Here are some well known sites:

Swagbucks MY FAVORITE!

CashCrate

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Swagbucks is my favorite of the sites. It has search and win and surveys.

CashCrate offers opportunities to try new products and take surveys. I know of one woman who made thousands of dollars at CashCrate but that was some years ago and she worked it like a job. Just be sure if you sign up for offers to cancel them if you don’t want them.

Surveys are a fun way to make a few dollars online.  But if you fill out offers etc. be careful what you are signing up for.

As I mentioned, my favorite of the sites is SWAGBUCKS.  You can see below  how many points I have now. I have cashed in my points several times so this does not show all the points I have earned. This is an easy to use, easy to earn site.

Make Bucks Selling Books on Amazon

Over the years I have made thousands of dollars selling books on Amazon. Becoming an Amazon bookseller is easy. Take any book you no longer want, look up the title on Amazon. Next to the title on the right hand side it will say, “More Buying Choices” and underneath that “Have One to Sell?” Once you have clicked “Have One to Sell”, fill in the fields for book condition, price and shipping. If you don’t have an account, Amazon will help you create one and if you do have an account, Amazon will guide you to add your bank account information so you can get paid. It’s easy and fun to sell books, you no longer need. And there is no overhead as you can do it from the comfort of your home. However, if you want to make bucks selling books on Amazon, and turn it into a full or parttime business, you need to know where to find books, how to select books that will sell and how to the price books you have for sale.

If you look at the many of the books on Amazon, you will see that sometimes used copies, do not sell for alot of money. Some books are even listed for one cent. People often ask me how a seller can make a profit off a one cent book. The answer is volume. “Penny Sellers” who sell books for a penny or just a few cents have a Pro-Merchant account and sell mass quantities of books. They make bucks selling books on Amazon in the shipping fees. They collect the shipping fee from Amazon which is a little more than what it costs to actually ship and they make a tiny profit off of each book. It is a tough business and only for those who can sell a ton of books.

It’s a lot easier to build a profitable Amazon book business selling fewer books that sell for more. So it’s key that you know what type of books to look for. Time and study will help you hone your instincts You will learn to know when you look at a certain book, if you can sell it for a profit. In addition to getting a general overall feel, I also recommend you develop a niche area to specialize in. I specialize in one niche area and over time have been able to locate many of the same titles and sell them over and over for hundreds of dollars because I know exactly what to look for. I have pre-ordered these books at used book sites such as Half.com and if they came available, at the price I list, I am automatically sent the book. Just this past week, I was sent a book, I had pre-ordered giving a top price of $30. The seller asked $12 for it and I will be able to resell it for close to $200.

In general when you purchase books for resale, look for quality non-fiction books. Avoid fiction, diet books, cookbooks and book of the month club books. Run from anything that has an odor to it, is soiled and damaged or a former library book. There are always exceptions, I sold a very unique book on magic for close to a hundred dollars that was a former library book. As a rule of thumb, you want to find something unique that someone is looking for. The latest fiction book has already been discounted in new condition by Amazon and there are probably dozens of copies flooding the market, so stay away from that.

Build your book business with a small inventory of books. When you start out and don’t know what you are looking at, keep the prices you pay low. There are tons of sources for books including friends who will give you their books, rummages sales, thrift stores, yard sales and when you know what you are looking for, you can buy and resell off the internet. I have also purchased brand new books at outlet stores and resold them for a hefty profit.

The next step is pricing your books. If you see that a ton of people have the same book listed on Amazon. Go with the lowest price you can and get rid of it. On the other hand, if there are few listings and a strong desire (look at the Amazon sales rank), you can put a heftier price tag on the book. If no one is buying, price your copy low so its the first one that sells.

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Packaging books is key to if you will make a profit or not. I use newspaper end rolls (free from my newspaper) to wrap my books for protection. I buy bubble mailers in bulk from eBay. This is crucial. A bubble mailer can cost $$$ at a regular retail store but be very cheap when purchased in bulk. If the buyer ordered expedited shipping, keep in mind that many books can easily slip into a flat rate priority mail envelope. This is usually much cheaper than sending it in a regular mailer, expedited shipping. And priority mail envelopes are free at USPS.com. The less your shipping costs, the greater your profits.

With each book you send, include a little thank you and your email for the customer to contact you about future books. If you have built a niche site, this is an excellent way to build your business and make bucks selling on Amazon. If a customer orders a book in a certain genre, and you have others in that genre, mention them in your email when you acknowledge their Amazon order. Recently a customer ordered a book on France for $30 and ended up ordering several more books after I mentioned some others I had on France.

You can make a tidy profit selling books on Amazon, get started by selling a few books you own, but no longer want, today!

For more ideas check out Steve Weber’s book,

The Home-Based Bookstore: Start Your Own Business Selling Used Books on Amazon, eBay or Your Own Web Site

Face Painting for Fun and Profit!

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Face Painting is a low cost start up business that you can do for fun and profit. It’s easy to start up and can bring you income year round.

Start by selecting a few simple designs you can face paint on your customers. You can find clip art on the internet and print it off or draw your own. Remember the simpler the design, the faster you can paint it, the more customers you can paint, the more money you will make!

Some face painters do full face designs but that can take a lot of effort and time. And no one wants to pay a lot for face painting so keep things simple. Some designs to consider: stars, balloons, cherries, flags, smiley faces, rainbows etc. Paint one example of each design, laminate or put it in a plastic sleeve and stick it on board to show customers their options.

Purchase non-toxic acrylic paints, body glitter, body jewels, and brushes at a craft store or online. You will also need chairs, a table, and plenty of water. Be sure you select paints that are safe for face painting. You can get great prices on face paints and body jewels at Amazon; Face Painting Kit

Party Pack Face Painting Kit

Sign up to face paint at local craft shows, church picnics, school events fairs etc. Many of these charge a fee, so start small till you see what you can earn. In general, you can charge a few dollars for each design. If you do one design every five to ten minutes you can easily rack up some cash.

Set up your station. You may want to put up a balloon or streamers to attract attention. Have an Unbreakable Mirror on hand so your customers can enjoy your work. Keep wet wipes and paper towels on hand for any mistakes.

Kids will love having their face painted and you will love the happiness you give them and the extra money in your pocket!

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Get a Work at Home Job as a Virtual Assistant

As more and more companies outsource, there are more opportunities in a wide range of fields for Virtual Assistants (VA). Virtual Assistants may make phone calls, answer emails, make travel arrangements, prepare reports, enter data…..any number of tasks. As a work at home VA, you complete the tasks from your the comfort of your home and can often pick your own hours instead of working the traditional 9-5.

If you like the idea of working from home as a Virtual Assistant begin by making a list of skills you have. Are you skilled in real estate or data entry? Do you have marketing or paralegal skills? Decide what area you are qualified for.

Pay scales for Virtual Assistants range, with averages being around $30.oo an hour for skilled assistants. When you price your services, keep in mind, that you will rarely be offered benefits, insurance, sick pay or other perks.

Set up a home office with the equipment you will need. This may included a secure landline, copy and fax machines, computer etc.
If you are going to be working on the phone, you will want to make sure you have a quiet environment.

The next step is to market yourself so you can get a work at home job as a Virtual Assistant. You can call local companies and offer your services, look on Craigslist and/or use forums such as the Wahm.com, Virtual Assistant Forums.com and VirtualAssistantNetworking.com sites for support and to help you find a work at home job as a Virtual Assistant.

Beause many Virtual Assistant postions are temporary, many Virtual Assistants develop their own website. Potential clients can visit the website to see work samples and references.  Check out my posts on how to build a website.

Once you have a job as a Virtual Assistant, ask for references and use these to get future jobs.

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Earn Money with Shopping Sites

If you are not using a shopping site when you shop online, you are leaving money on the table. Not only can you save money on purchases with shopping sites but you can also earn money with shopping sites. There are a number of free shopping sites  that will pay you to join. They will pay you to refer your friends and they will pay your friends when they sign up! Plus they give you and your friends a discount at hundreds of stores when you shop. Some sites will give pay you a percentage of your friends rebate purchase price at no cost to them.

Check out my !01 Ways to Make Money Online eBook for tons of ideas!

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I recommend focusing on just a few. This way you can easily find the bargains for the week and build your cash back.

Here are my two favorites:

eBates
ibotta

eBates pays $5.00 when you sign up and pays $5.00 cash or $10.00 gift card to the friends you refer.

ibotta I was surprised at how fast the money adds up for grocery items. Plus they offer regular bonuses. So you may get .25 cents for uploading a receipt or buying bananas, $1.00 for crackers etc. The first week I bought some grocery items along with wine plus I got the bonus offer and I was paid $18. Most weeks maybe just a few dollars but it adds up.

Each site has text links to send to your friends in emails so you can earn money with shopping sites. Some have banners and other widgets you can add to your blog or website. Referring friends is an easy way to earn money with shopping sites. And the bonus is you also get a discount at hundreds of stores like Victoria’s Secret, Best Buy, Target, eBay, Shoes.com etc. at at grocery stores depending on the shopping site.

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