Making Money Using Your Mac

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A sufficient income is not always easy to come by, but if there is not enough of the green stuff, you can usually do something about it. You can get a second job, work more overtime, ask for a raise or even start looking for a different job.

However, making a significant life change is never without some risk. If an employee has a family to support, then he or she cannot simply quit and hope that there will be something better tomorrow.

One option is to make some extra money on the side. If you have a Mac, you should not think of it simply as a device for capturing your home memories, playing your tunes or dabbling in music creation. You should remember that you have a powerful business machine, one that you can use to make money, whether by selling through eBay or in any number of other ways.

When it comes to earning an extra income, however, there are some time wasters that you should avoid. One of these is filling out online surveys. Although their are many companies that will pay you for doing this, it tends to be quite time-consuming and the pay is not great. Other less than productive uses of your time are entering contests or signing up for those paid-to-surf programs.

There are of course the risky investment schemes, and these are definitely not for the faint of heart. There are a great number of con artists online, and you will need to exercise a great deal of caution and skepticism if you wish to hold onto the money you have, much less make an additional income.

This brings us to the two basic ways of making money with a computer: Partnering up with a revenue sharing website and making a percentage of the profit or creating your own e-commerce website. The former option can be more stable but the latter option offers the potential to make more money. You could create the site yourself or hire someone to set up the more technical aspects for you.

Blogging is also a way to make money. You can express your opinion on various subjects, and if you generate enough traffic, you can sell advertising space. You can promote affiliate programs, or products that will give you a share of the profits for every item sold.

You can also write articles for other websites and get paid for it. The pay for this can range from dismal to decent, depending on your writing ability and reputation.

Your blog can be a good platform for showing off your writing skills and for getting outside writing gigs. There are many companies that need talented writers who can do the research and who will be paid on a per assignment basis.

You can write for a site like Associated Content, which will pay you according to the topics and the amount of unique content you create. You will probably be able to earn more, however, by offering your services on a site for marketers such as the Warrior Forum, and you will likely be able to earn still more by positioning yourself as an expert in your niche with your own blog that will also serve as a showcase for your writing.

There is no end to the number of ways that you can earn an additional income with your Mac. This article just scratches the surface. Just remember that if your sideline really takes off, you could end up making more money with it than you do with your 9-to-5 job. Of course, this will take an investment of time and effort, but it will be worth it when the money starts coming in.

How To Choose A Display That Complements Your Mac

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When it comes to choosing a display for your Mac, it is the best of times and the worst of times. By that I mean that we have a huge range of options available, but this can sometimes make choosing difficult.

A display gives you instant feedback as to what is going on inside your system. Choosing a quality display is especially important for graphic designers, photographers, artists and cinematographers.

For most Mac users, however, the choice will be easy. After all, the iMac and MacBook lines come with excellent displays built-in. Unless you already have a display that you can use, however, if you are purchasing a Mac mini or a Mac Pro, you will need to buy a display to go with it.

If you are purchasing a “headless” Mac, your choices boil down to whether to buy Apple or third-party, new, used or refurbished. Fortunately, no matter how you choose to go about it, these days you can get a stunning display at an affordable cost.

The old-style monitors used a cathode ray tube (CRT) which were reasonably inexpensive and provided a wide viewing angle as compared to the alternatives. The problem is that they were bulky and heavy! They took a huge amount of space, and because of the way the cathode ray tube works, the wider the screen, the longer the tube had to be, which added size and weight.

The modern liquid crystal display, on the other hand, takes up far less space, so it can be placed almost anywhere. In addition, the viewing angle has greatly improved over the years. Today’s displays from Apple sport LED backlighting so they require no time to warm up before reaching maximum brightness. They are on instantly and are uniformly bright. They can even be tuned to match the ambient light in the room.

Apple displays have a universal MagSafe connector that charges your notebook, a Mini DisplayPort cable and USB 2.0 ports which turn the display into its own docking station. Apple Thunderbolt Displays feature built-in Thunderbolt technology — Apple’s fastest I/O (keep in mind that you need thunderbolt devices to take advantage of this speed).

Other features of Apple displays include a high-resolution screen, a built-in FaceTime HD camera and microphone, FireWire 800 and gigabit ethernet ports and a 49-watt speaker system.

If you are tight on funds, remember that there is a wide range of third-party displays that are available, many of which are compatible with the Mac. Just check the specifications before purchasing. You can save even more money, it you can buy used or refurbished. Apple even sells refurbished options in the Apple Store; they cost about $150 less the new.

A 27-inch display is a beautiful thing to behold, and it allows you to easily view two side-by-side 8 1/2 x 11 pages on your screen at full size with plenty of room left over for the various palettes in other components of the software’s interface.

Come to think of it, this is a pretty good time to buy a display for your Mac after all!

How To Write and Format Your Ebook

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The hardest part of any job is getting started, and the hardest part of writing an ebook is the first sentence. It may seem like a formidable task when you first look at it, but you merely need to break the job down into manageable steps.

It’s something like climbing a mountain. You stand at the foot of it and it looks impossible. How can you scale such a thing? The only way: step by step. Writing an ebook is much the same. You create it step-by-step, and at the last step you find yourself at the summit, on top of the world!

Like a mountain climber, however, you must get organized, but rather than climbing gear you need to organize your thoughts. There are a few steps you will need to take before you actually begin writing.
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Four Questions To Consider When Choosing Affiliate Programs

affiliate salesNewbies to the world of affiliate marketing have a lot of questions. Which programs are the best? Who is the most generous, and who pays on the most timely basis?

Unfortunately, they may have a hard time finding unbiased recommendations. Some of the so-called reviews, at least for the two-tier affiliate programs, seem more like infomercials.

What you want to do is take a broad overview of your Internet presence. How do you leverage your incoming visitors?

Remember that you really have two goals with your Internet presence — the first to get visitors to your site, and the second to get them to actually do something once there, such as to sign up for your list or to buy something.

Some affiliate programs pay for ad impressions and others require clicks, but most don’t pay until the  visitor takes action, such as by buying something. To maximize your results, you should ask yourself a few questions. Here are four to consider before you embark on any type of Internet advertising:
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How To Write An Ebook: It Starts with Brainstorming

how to write an ebookIf you think of writing an ebook as sheer drudgery or a chore, perhaps it is time to change your thinking! Writing can actually be a joyful creative process. You merely need to find a subject you are passionate about.

Don’t think of writing as merely the mechanical process of putting words onto a computer screen. See it as a process of harvesting the information that you already have. View it as mining the knowledge that you possess on a particular subject and using it to at least form a starting point or basis of your ebook.

The first step is to organize what you already know. By analyzing your ideas and using your experiences as building blocks, you will be able to write more quickly and easily. By following the steps below and organizing your thoughts, you will be able to finish your ebook more quickly. Continue Reading »How To Write An Ebook: It Starts with Brainstorming

Sculpting Time: Creating A Schedule That Works For Your Mac Based Business

Vitamin-R for MacintoshWhether you are interested in making money on your Mac as a full time job, a means of extra money, or as one of multiple income streams, it is important to focus on time management.

The concept of a home business is enticing for many reasons, one of them being that everyone would like to cut their commute time from two hours to two minutes (or the amount of time it takes to walk into the next room). However, it is important for the Mac-using business owner to avoid falling into the trap of allowing every little distraction to take priority over getting things done.

One of the keys to creating a system of time management is by making a list of priorities. Of course, your family comes at the top of the list and you need to plan time with spouse, kids and other loved ones, just as do those who work in a 9-to-5 job.

However, I’m talking about the time you have set aside to work on your business. Just because you may work out of your home doesn’t mean you can be at the beck and call of others any more than if you were holed away in a cubicle at the office 25 miles from home. A home office is still an office, after all, so make it a place where you can work with minimal distractions.
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Where To Buy A Mac – Online Or Offline?

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Apple retail store (Photo credit: Kansir)

Because it’s so easy to buy Macs online, whether at the Apple Store online or from another online retailer, a lot of people wonder why it would even be necessary to go to an Apple retail store in the city.  Besides, there are some discounts to be found online that may not be available at the local Apple Store.

However, a lot of people appreciate the ability to see the computer they are considering buying up close and personal and to talk to a sales associate before purchasing.

Since there are Apple stores in nearly every state (and in many countries around the world) whether you buy a Mac at Apple’s online store or a physical retail location, you will be required to pay your state’s sales tax. This may not be the case if you buy from an independent third party website (although, strictly speaking, you may still be legally obligated to pay sales tax; check with your tax advisor to be sure).
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10 Steps to One Way Link Building

Link-BuildingYou may have the best looking site online, but it won’t do you much good without visitors. In order to gain potential customers, you need to have traffic, and one way to achieve this is with link building.

This does not mean joining some kind of link exchange program, however. It doesn’t involve a site where you can simply click a button labeled “Submit Link” and get onto the first page of Google with thousands of people flocking to your site. It is certainly not an automated link exchange program that gets you links while you sleep. Nor does it mean submitting your link to an FFA (Free-For-All) link site. (Don’t ever do that!)

So what do you do to get some serious link-building mojo? Use the strategies that work:
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A Multitude of Places To Post Your Web Video

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youtube (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

You’ve spent hours planning, recording and editing your video and now It is ready to be spread across the Internet. There’s just one glitch: you aren’t sure exactly where to post it.

After all, there are hundreds of sites that host Web video, but not all of these sites will draw the eyeballs you need and desire. Obviously, you want to give preference to the sites that have the largest audience, which will mean the greatest potential exposure for your web video. Uploading video is time-consuming, and you don’t want to waste time on sites that are unlikely to provide much, if any, traffic.

If you’re going to choose only one site to upload your video to, it will undoubtedly be YouTube. With the greatest traffic by far of any of the video sites, YouTube is one of the top online places people go to be informed, enlightened and entertained. With millions of visitors and a huge selection of existing videos, YouTube is a great place to share what you have to say with the rest of the world.
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6 Internet Marketing Scams You MUST Avoid

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There are certain pitfalls you need to avoid in starting any business, and Internet marketing is no exception. You want to arm yourself with tools for success while avoiding the pitfalls. You want to avoid wasting both time and money. Here are some schemes that you should exercise all due caution with before even considering them.

1. Buying e-mail addresses.

I’m sure you have run across companies that offer to sell e-mail addresses. Some are legit and some aren’t, but the majority are not. Unless you can be certain that the addresses you get are double opt-in, you should avoid them.

For the uninitiated, double opt-in means that a subscriber, after signing up for a list, is sent a link in his e-mail inbox that he must click on to confirm that he did, in fact, subscribe. This keeps nefarious third parties from subscribing those who aren’t interested.

Anyone can tell a lie but sometimes it takes a great deal more inner strength to tell the truth. Sadly, there’s a lot more of the former type than the latter. Fortunately, there are also some trustworthy folks out there with whom you can build a long-term relationship.

One thing is certain, the best way to build a mailing list is to do it yourself. Only in this way can you be completely sure that the e-mail addresses you have are of those who truly want what you are offering to them. Think two or three times before purchasing e-mail addresses, especially if the price is reasonable.
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