Friday, February 20, 2015

First 5 Steps to Starting an Online Business with Fiverr

First 5  Steps to Starting an Online Business with Fiverr

When it comes to starting an online business with Fiverr, there are certain things you will need to do in order to become successful. 
Anyone can create a Fiverr account and earn a little money, but they don’t make a business out of it. If you want to turn your Fiverr experience into a successful online business, take a look at the following steps.
Step 1 – Account Name & Profile Image
It is important to create a professional account name and profile image. Come up with a name that sounds professional and has to do with what you will be offering. Your profile image should be a great shot of you. It shouldn't be provocative or some cartoon character. It needs to look professional. Spend a little time on this to ensure you come up with a good name and image.
Step 2 – Make a List of Ideas
The next step to starting an online business with Fiverr is to make a list of ideas. This list needs to consist of the things you plan to offer. If you are at a loss and need ideas, take a look at some of the gigs already on Fiverr. Get some general ideas and think about what you can offer.
Step 3 – Create & Set Up Your Fiverr Account
Next, you will need to create your Fiverr account and set it up. Put your information in to create the account and then fill in your bio and upload your profile image.
Step 4 – Creating Your Gigs
Now you can start creating your gigs. However, don’t simply throw a gig up and wait for the orders to come in. It is best to create graphics or even a video to help explain your gigs. Having graphics and videos will better help with the selling of your gig. You will also need to have a catchy title. List everything that the person will receive and everything you will need to fulfill the order. Once you have everything like you want it, post your gig. 
Step 5 – Promoting Your Gig
In order to be successful, you will need to promote your gig. There are many ways to promote your gig, so promote away if you want to be successful.
Keep in mind that it will take time to build this online business up! But you can do it and it does pay really well once you get off the ground. It is important that you maintain professional while you are creating these gigs.
I've made a ton of money on Fiverr, (check out my gigs here) and you can too if you follow these steps and do it right!

Questions? Feel free to reach out to me by clicking here 

Until next time, this is you "man in the mountains" reminding you to...

Stay Positive, Stay Focused. Stay Motivated and Inspired, and, NEVER give up on your dreams! 

EJ "Big Ed" Benko

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Google Page Rank Simplified

The blog-o-sphere is buzzing with news that we are just weeks (if not days) away from the next Google PageRank update. But what is Google Pagerank?

It gets complicated. And when I say complicated I mean Einstein-esque complicated. The Google PageRank explanation isn't for the faint of heart. So... if you have heart conditions, blod clots, emphysema, are pregnant, nursing or could become pregnant... Look the other way... NOW!

Google PageRank History

Google PageRank was developed in the mid 90's by Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University. The two worked tirelessly for 3 years on an algorithm that could produce a numerical ranking of webpages based on a number of factors (we'll get to those in a second).

After a successful prototype was created in 1998, the two went on to found Google shortly after. The Google PageRank became the standard by which Google now ranks webpages.

The PageRank Algorithm

I'm going to zoom right through this part because this is where it gets complicated. I just want to show you the world famous algorithm.

PR(A) = (1-d) + d (PR(T1)/C(T1) + ... + PR(Tn)/C(Tn)) where PR(A) is the PageRank of page A, PR(Ti) is the PageRank of pages Ti which link to page A,C(Ti) is the number of outbound links on page Ti and d is a damping factor

This is the original Google PageRank algorithm as discovered by Page, and Brin. 

It has undergone a lot of changes since then, and the ACTUAL algorithm that is used now remains somewhat mysterious. 

So What Exactly Is A PageRank?

Google PageRank is defined by a number from 0-10 (10 being the highest). It is, essentially, a vote of confidence from the community. The higher the PageRank, the more "trusted" your site is by Google. That said, the links from these sites are also highly trusted (more on that later).

What Does Google PageRank Mean To Me?

PageRank or PR, in short, means EVERYTHING! If you are aspiring to build a great site that generates tons of revenue and loads of daily visitors, PageRank is very important. There is a huge misconception floating around that Google PageRank also determines your search engine results placement (or SERP). This is not, and has never been true. On Google alone, it is a SMALL factor. When I say a small factor, I mean it is only one of a couple dozen factors. None of the other search engines use PageRank to determine their results.

That said, Google PageRank IS a very important statistic for a monetized blog or site. It is one of the deciding factors when determining everything from how much you charge advertisers, to the overall value of your site if you should go to sell it. Some sites even charge other sites for a link if their page has a high enough PageRank. I'll get into this in a minute.

How Do I Get A High Google PageRank?

Pray!  Actually the single most effective way to build a PageRank all has to do with a very basic blog principle. Write quality content! It's that simple.... kinda.

Google PageRank is a system that relies heavily on links. Incoming and outgoing links are the biggest factor in your PageRank. You know how I'm always preaching "link love"? This is one of the reasons (besides my strong desire to better the community). Every link that comes into your site (linkback, trackback, backlink) is given a value. The overall value of your incoming links weighs heavily on your Google PageRank.

Every link is assigned a value based on how high the site that linked to you is rated. For example... if you had 1,000 incoming links from websites that don't have a PageRank, it might not weigh as heavily as having 100 incoming links from a site with a PR 5. As I mentioned above, the higher the PageRank, the more trusted the site is. Therefore, when it comes to incoming links, the higher the PageRank of the links, the better your chances of increasing your PageRank. The higher your PageRank, the more leverage you have as a blogger.

There are also factors that you can't control when it comes to PR. The older your site is, the more trusted it becomes and therefore, it is looked upon in a favorable way by Google. Google wants lots of pages, lots of incoming links to said pages, and lots of internal links to your pages. That means that you should try to link to as many pages inside your site as possible. This shouldn't be hard, because it only helps your cause. A "recent post" category in your sidebar is an example of an internal link.
Some people even BUY incoming links from sites with a high Google PageRank. I don't condone this on either end though. For one it costs money and it isn't really cost effective for a new blogger. And secondly, the sites that do this are usually punished when Google finds out.


This was just the basics of how Google PageRank works. I'm no expert, but it should help you out as you are getting started. I hope this helps un-mystify PR a little bit.

In closing, I'll tell you this... The fastest way to build Google Page Rank is to get linked to other authority sites A LOT!  Also, I mentioned that writing quality content was the way to build Google Page Rank, and here is how. The more quality content you put into your blog, the more pages you accumulate. Google likes sites with a lot of pages and quality content.. the more pages / quality content you write, the more you get linked to other similar sites. 

Incoming links mean sweet Page Rank improvement, and gaining a few awesome readers!

Brought to you by your man in the mountains ....

EJ "Big Ed" Benko
Skype: Edward.Benko

Giving Credit where credit is deserved!

The author of this article, Bryan Clark-- is the webmaster at Catering to the beginning blogger, Bryan offers advice, tips, and strategies for turning your blog into a steady stream of revenue.