How To Monetize Your Website

How To Monetize Your WebsiteYou don’t have to know about complicated techy stuff in order to monetize your website. If you cannot afford to hire a professional to help you do it, save few dollars and do it yourself. It just takes a little research, effort and a positive attitude. You like the idea of blogging but you’re put off by the fact that you’re not earning money from your blog. It’s possible to write unique content on topics you’re passionate about while earning cash in the process.

Put Relevant And High Quality Ads on Website

This strategy mainly works if your website generates high traffic daily although some low performing websites may benefit financially from having ads. Make sure that the ads featured on your website are related to the nature of your website. The ads should also be from companies that most people like and trust. One type of online advertising that helps you monetize your ad is affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing you sign up with an affiliate program and you choose which of their ads you want on your website. For each sale that comes from someone clicking on your ads, you get a share of the affiliate company’s revenue.

Offer To Write Reviews for Companies on Your Blog

Another thing you can do to monetize your blog is to offer to write reviews for companies in exchange for payment. By doing this you not only make money but you help up-and-coming companies get more online exposure for their products, especially if your website is targeted to local audiences. If you write a daily blog that helps aspiring Djs, you can write reviews of the latest models of turntables and microphones.

Sell Ebooks

For those who have a regular blog and who have gained a strong audience over the years, you can write a few ebooks and sell them on your blog. Make sure that the ebooks are reasonably priced and on your blog you want to include brief descriptions of the ebooks. The ebooks should be related to what you discuss on the blog and they cannot be too long since people read Web based material in a shorter amount of time than with print material.

Seek Donations From Readers

Another way to earn money from your website is to seek donations if you operate a nonprofit organization. You want to honest in stating why your organization needs funds and what you will use the funds for. Include videos on your website of what your organization does to help the community and have people give testimonies of how they benefited from your services.

Offer Premium Memberships

If you publish high quality content on your website, you’re in a position to offer premium memberships to your readers for a monthly or yearly fee. If you offer premium memberships you want to write content that your readers will not be able to find anywhere else. For example, if you’re into weird but sometimes true conspiracies that mainstream media will not cover, you can make those articles part of the readers’ membership.

Get Sponsored

If your blog or website has a huge following and popularity, you should seek out a sponsor. You can get a sponsor by attending conferences where the focus is on how bloggers can network for greater opportunities. Talk to some of the companies at the conference who are looking for sponsors and give them your business card with a QR code on it so that they can go to your website right from their  phone. When you receive one or more sponsorships, you increase earnings for your website.

Look for Blogs That Pay Guest Bloggers

These opportunities do not occur often but if you dig deep on a regular basis, you may find a few openings for paid guest bloggers. When you write the guest blogs, you want to write on relevant topics that are in line with the main theme of the blog and if you do well, you might be asked to write for that site on a weekly or monthly basis.

Start An Online Store

Suppose you want to monetize your website but you don’t have time to write daily or weekly blog posts. Start an online store and sell products that you create to the public. Advertise your online store by purchasing a mailing list and sending promotional emails to persons who fit your target customer base. Another way to advertise your online store is to open a social media account and post information about your business to potential customers. When you build your online store offer discounts and free samples as a way of luring customers to your business.

Keep Web Content Fresh And Timeless

Even if you utilize all of the above mentioned strategies, you will not earn much money on your website if the content is not fresh and timeless. You should write content that helps readers improve their lives since this would be considered timeless material. Include videos and photos on your website since it increases traffic to your website and potential earnings. Research unique topics each day and use your personal experiences to create good content. Delete out-of-date news pieces from your website and even some of your older posts if they’re no longer relevant. Get rid of the excess banner ads and update contact information.

Conclusion

Monetizing your website will take research and hard work but it’s worth it when you reap financial rewards. Once you achieved success in monetizing your website, you can use your earnings in various ways. The funds can be used for emergency savings, a vacation, new clothes for the children, groceries or for upcoming bills. When you monetize your blog you start to gain financisl freedom for yourself while doing what you’re passionate about. You’ll need patience when monetizing your website and you should avoid deceptive practices while monetizing your website. If necessary, get assistance from people you know who have successfully monetized their websites. Maintain a positive attitude during the process.

Some Ways to Cut Your Expenses

Some Ways to Cut Your ExpensesWe’re living in tough economic times and you’ll need to live within or below your means if you want to thrive financially. One of the best ways to survive financially is to cut out unnecessary expenses since it is those expenses that cause you stress.

No More Eating Out Everyday

For the foodie who loves to eat out, this may be hard for you to do but you should cut back on the number of times you eat out each day if you want to cut expenses and save money for a better financial future. Instead of eating out, learn to prepare healthy meals at home. Buy some cookbooks and search for sales at the supermarket.

Get A Prepaid Phone

Instead of signing up for an expensive two-year contract with a phone carrier, you can slash phone expenses by getting a prepaid phone. A prepaid phone is a type of phone where you only use the number of minutes that you add to the phone. For example, if you purchase 400 minutes, that is the number of minutes you will have. You don’t have to worry about extra fees and a termination fee.

Have Fun for Free

Another thing you can do is have fun for free. Read the local newspaper and look for free events around town that you and the family can enjoy. If you have a lot of craft supplies at home, make a scrapbook with your kids during the weekend. Use your backyard as a makeshift picnic area where you can invite friends over for games and conversation. Ride your bikes in the park or fly your kites on the beach.

Rethink How You Use Transportation

If it’s necessary for you to have a car, shop around for a used car since it generally costs less than a brand new car. Compare the prices of different car insurance companies and look for a car that doesn’t require a whole lot of maintenance. For those who don’t need a car you can save money by walking or riding a bike to where you need to be. These forms of transportation are healthier for you than riding in a car.

Become Friends With Local Thrift Stores

If you want to save money on goodies such as new outfits, housewares, toys for the babies, electronics and home décor items, you need to become friends with local thrift stores. Today’s thrift stores are not the same as those of decades past since a majority of the thrift stores carry items from well known manufacturers at great prices. Thrift stores also carry a variety of discounts during the week.

Conclusion

Saving money is important not just for working class families but for people of all kinds of financial situations. Even if you’re retired it is a good idea to save money because according to several personal finance experts, many retirees do not have enough savings to keep them afloat. You should also use your savings wisely.

How To Set Up A Lab for Electronic Experiments

How To Set Up A Lab for Electronic ExperimentsAre you a hardcore geek who wants to create electronic experiments at home? Then you can do it by setting up a lab in your home for conducting experiments. Some of the most popular gadgets we use today were first developed as electronic experiments and they turned out to be money making devices for the developers. Your experiments may not become household names but you’ll have the satisfaction of understanding how electronics work.

The Basics of Setting Up The Lab

You will need a sturdy workbench and a few cabinets as well as some huge storage bins with labels on them so you can stay organized when working on electronic experiments. Install adequate overhead and task lighting in the room so you’ll be able to see clearly and avoid hazards in your lab. The main supplies you need for an electronics lab include a multimeter for testing voltage, oscillioscope, function generator, soldering iron, magnifying glasses, safety goggles, fume exhauster, pliers, glue gun, and screwdrivers.

Choose The Best Location in The House

You want to build your electronics lab in a room of the house where it will not be a hazard for others in the house, particularly kids and pets. You can install the lab in unused rooms such as the basement or the spare room that you won’t use for guests. You want to ensure that the space is big enough and that there is sufficient cooling and heating for your lab.

Make Your Lab As Safe As Possible

Organize your storage bins and shelves in such a way that they’re not all over the place when you work on your projects. You want to unplug all of your devices when not in use to avoid fires or other hazards in the lab. Don’t purchase or use electronic equipment with currents that exceed the power supply you have at home. Never handle electronic equipment with damp hands since this causes electrocution.

Stock Up On Instructional Materials

You’re conducting experiments in your lab so in order for it to be complete you should stock up on instructional materials such as DVDs and books that show you how to create a variety of electronic experiments. When you have the instructional materials in the lab you don’t have to interrupt your project to get what you need to learn how to do experiments correctly.

Conclusion

Electronic experiments are fun to work on and when you have a well organized lab, you can work efficiently and safely. Every few months you should revamp your lab and troubleshoot it to make sure that all of your equipment is working properly. If this is your first time creating an electronics lab, talk with someone who is experienced in it to help you with the process. Once you set up your lab, think about what the purpose of the lab is and what you hope to gain from your experiments. Do you intend to obtain patents for the projects you create or do you want to create projects just for fun?

How to Create a Data Center at Home

How to Create a Data Center at HomeLately, I have been working been working abroad as an Uptime Institute engineer and have been performing various tests for data centers. It has been really rewarding work. I have even had the chance to play a major role on a project with Citrus Solutions. When working with Citrus, I ran across their website, http://www.citrus.lv, and got the idea to design and create an at-home data center using the wealth of information that they provide. Some of the most important things I have learned through my experiment in creating homemade data solutions have been in handling heat and weight and choosing server consoles, platforms and networking and storage options. Finally, I’ll run through how to deal with what happens when all that equipment that just got set up starts to fail.

Heat

Everyone knows that heat is the number one enemy of computers. Even just a couple of computers put together can generate a huge amount of heat. Fans seem like a solution. But, when building a data center, they are simply not enough. All fans do is blow around hot air. They don’t really cool anything at all, and this means that heat can build up quickly.What needs to happen is that air needs to circulate effectively and be replaced with fresh, cold air. After the fan, many people think an AC unit is the answer.

In at-home data centers, some baker’s racks and with a portable AC unit placed beside the equipment is also not enough. There needs to be a way to vent the heat outside and a system so to accurately maintain air temperature. But, the problem with an AC unit is thatit will use a huge amount of extra energy because it basically needs to run all day every day. And, baker’s racks won’t cut it either. The computer components will be too heavy and the heat buildup, from poor air circulation, can cause low-end motherboards to pop capacitors.

It’s really important to work safe. For one thing, overloading circuits can lead to nasty electrical fires. For only a couple PCs a small UPS will work, but power strips are not safe. Expanding past a couple of computers may mean getting some server-grade UPSes, as they are safer and can stay up during a power outage.  Hiring a certified electrician and getting an inspection is key if new circuits are a part of the plan.

This can be life-saving and is well worth the cost. Also, the rules of circuitry always apply: Never load any circuit beyond 50%, and try tokeep it well below the 50% mark. A 50% load on a circuit means pulling at least 900Ws, which also means finding a better way to go about it. The maximum safe power density at home will likely to top out at about 1600W, which is roughly 3x110v 15A circuits.

Weight

Another consideration is weight. The floors of a house can hold a lot of weight, but they are usually not built to withstand holding a rack of computers. For anything beyond a very simple setup, a wood floor and the top levels of a multistory house are not ideal. If you are going to start a home data center, it’s best to have your equipment on a concrete-slab foundation or in a basement.

Regardless, always make sure your floors are rated for at least 2000 pounds. And, remember those baker’s racks? Don’t use them, and don’t use premade shelving either. They are just not stable enough. Go with real server racks to manage the weight and heat and to make for easy mounting (especially with HP or Dell “enterprise” servers). A 42U rack will require about 25 square feet of space. This brings us to the last point. Planning the set up well before starting tomove in arack and loading everything onto it is important. Moving a bunch of heavy equipment around is no fun, so don’t do it twice if it can be done once.

Consoles

A KVM is recommended as they let a few PCs share one monitor, keyboard and mouse.  A $20 KVM will work with 1 to 4 PCs. This is just fine for many people. It’s nice to rack up a PC monitor too, if there’s room. Rackmount monitors and keyboards are easily available and start at $100 and go way higher. The thing to remember is that not all KVMs are created equal. A KVM for PS/2 mice and keyboards probably won’t work with a USB to PS/2 adapter for a mouse or a keyboard. This may require buying a different KVM or converter cables.

Many times, the new non-PS/2 equipment will have a glitch with PS/2 only KVMs where older equipment works fine.I went with IPMI on my servers.With my setup, I can manage the power and the console from my PC. If older equipment or a tight budget prevent using IPMI, it’s not a killer. It just means a lot more trips to the basement or the back room.

Platforms

Most people will want to mix it up and run Linux, Windows, FreeBSD and Solaris at home. One way to do this is to use PCs that are actually dedicated to running each system. For example, setting up a couple of computers to run Linux is really easy to do. This is more than fine for a simple setup. However, this means that adding anything to the data center will mean using more hardware and power.

The other option is virtualization. There are many freely available Hypervisor options here depending on what’s needed. Some good options are VirtualBox, VMware ESXi and/or Microsoft Hyper-V 2012R2. The best thing to do is to use a PC with a quality SATA hard drive and at least 8GB of RAM. 16GB can host about 8 VMs. It’s true that the more memory and hard drives, the better, but disk performance will not be fast on any PC using a single hard drive.

Networking and Storage

A switch is not just a switch! I didn’t spend a huge amount of money on this, but good networking is important. A cheap router is not going to be fast, may act up and definitely won’t be rated to work in the heat of a data center. Be willing to spend just a little bit more, and really read the specs. That switch may look like a deal, but if there are more ports than capacity, it won’t run fast.

Storage works the same way. I try to buy the best storage that I can for my budget and my specific needs. 4 disk NAS units are okay for a few VMs. Western Digital, Drobo, Seagate and Thecus are good bets. But, it’s best to use a unit that creates iSCSI disks, especially since VMware ESXi does not support anything with SMB or CIFS access. The best most inexpensive units can provide is 1Gpbs connections. This likely won’t be the actual performance, especially if a lot of RAID options are on.

RAID

So, about RAID. It does not mean there’s no need for backups. All it means is that if a drive does die in a NAS, that it will be able to keep running and not lose any data for the time being. Equipment will fail. Don’t make the mistake of losing important data. Keep multiple copies in several locations even with a data cap on ISPs. It’s also good to use Cloud to back up a NAS too. The thing is to have all data saved across 2 or 3 locations using something like Windows Server 2012R2 Essentials. Then, test the backup regularly.

I hope this helps people interested in setting up their own home-based data center. Using this site and other internet resources, like the link I provided above, means that this can be a safe, fun and useful project for anyone serious about computing.