How to Apply for a Job Online

How to Apply for a Job Online

How to apply for a job online is a good question. If you want to start a career from home, you will be encountering a lot of how to questions in your life. And this is one of the first questions that you will ask.

But before you can ask yourself that question, you need to know what outsourcing website you will entrust your online career to. Odesk.com is one site that I can recommend more than the rest. That is because I have been successful in finding employers through this site. All you need to do is to create an account in Odesk and you can start applying for a job.

But wait. We still haven’t answered the question of how to apply for a job online.

Tips in Applying for a Job Online

Here are a few tips when you are applying for an online job.

How to Apply for a Job Online

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1. Build a great profile. Before an employer gets in touch with you, they will be looking at your profile first. Provide details like your skills, work ethics and your availability. The last one is very important because a lot of employers online are not necessarily in the same time zone as you are. Indicate if you are willing to work night shifts just to coincide with their schedule. If not, state that in your profile as well. Your profile must also include your photo. It helps ensure employers you are who you say you are.

2. Create a strong portfolio. When a friend of mine was teaching me how to apply for a job online, she strongly recommended that I create a portfolio. Looking back, I realized that my employers probably didn’t care about my corporate work experience. When I started in oDesk, I had no real online experience. I was shifting from the retail industry to freelance writing. That was two very different niches. However, I took the time to create a portfolio where I placed samples of my written articles. I believe that was what employers looked at to gauge if I had the right skills for the job.

3. Choose your employers. This probably goes against the principle of someone who is just starting to learn how to apply for a job online. Hear me out. It’s not really about being choosy – you are just being cautious. I have read about several contractors who have been scammed out of their hard work. After they submit the output, the employer suddenly disappears and they are left with no payment for the job they did.

In Odesk, they have a verification method that tells contractors if an employer pays for a job. It is what they call guaranteed payment. I usually go for this type of payment method so Odesk itself will make sure I get paid. Outsourcing websites have their own verification. Take the time to read about them so you know what you should look for in an employer.

4. Read through feedbacks. I always read through feedbacks from past contractors before I apply for a job. It gives me an idea about how employers treat their contractors. If read one or two negative comments about the employer, I skip the application and move on to the next job opening. I always trust my gut feel about an employer. If something about the feedback does not feel right, I back away.

It’s not really difficult to find out how to apply for a job online. But reading through the experiences of actual contractors has helped me a lot. Feel free look for community forums about online employees and contractors. You will really learn a lot. You can browse through the Odesk Community Forum for contractors to find out more tips.

Keyword Optimization Google

Keyword Optimization

Keyword optimization is something that you will have to learn to make your website search engine optimized. This is important if you want your website to have a high number of visits every day.

Just to give you a quick recap about SEO, it is a common Internet strategy that focuses on making a website search engine friendly. This will allow it to obtain a higher search engine position. There are several ways that you can do that but it mostly revolves around keywords.

If you have your own website, you need to live and breathe the proper use of keywords. This is where keyword optimization becomes an important strategy that you have to learn.

Defining Keywords

Keywords work as identifiers. It helps search engines identify if a particular website is relevant to the words encoded by a user in search engines. When Google deems you relevant in the search through your main keyword or those on the content of your site, you will be included in the list that will be shown to the user. When your website is placed in the first page of the search engine result page, the chances of the user visiting your site will be higher as compared to appearing on the tenth page.

The main keyword or phrase that you will use should be properly optimized in the following areas of your website: domain name, heading tags, meta-tags, image alt tags, title tags, content, and links.

Keyword Optimization Tips

Recently, the Google search engine altered their algorithms to ensure that the search results will come up with quality listings. Because of that, website owners and SEO managers give more importance on keyword optimization more than before.

To help you keep your site keyword optimized, here are a few tips that you might want to look into.

1. Choose the Main Keyword
Every website must have one main keyword or keyphrase. There are tools that can help you in your search. One of them is Google Adwords. Aim for the popular keywords that have low competition. The challenge is choosing one keyword that you will use in your site. If you choose the right keyword, then you are on your way to driving a lot of traffic into your site.

Keyword Optimization Google

2. Keyword Density

Keyword optimization also involves keyword density. The common practice among writers is 3-5%. However, I always use keywords once every 100 words and it worked out just fine. Make sure you do not overstuff your content with keywords because search engines do not like this. They will probably ignore your content if they detect too much of the same keywords.

3. Keyword Placement
In keyword placement, there are three places that search engines usually look at: first, middle and last paragraph. Given that, place your keywords in the first sentence of these paragraphs. Distribute them in between if your content is more than 300 words.

4. Use Keyword Synonyms
Another tip that I can give you is to use synonyms. For instance, this website has a domain name of www.earnathomeph.com. It is natural that I use “earn at home” for my main keyword. If I keep using that same phrase on my content, that will not be keyword optimization. That will be keyword stuffing. Synonyms like work from home and working at home can be utilized so my website will not be charged with keyword stuffing.

5. Stay Updated
Keyword optimization also means you have to stay on top of the changes made by search engines. I highly encourage you to stay on top of this by keeping tabs on new SEO rules. That way, you can revise your SEO strategy to maintain your search engine ranking in result pages. Try reading through forums and other social media strategy sites for more information.

About Passive Income

About Passive Income

Passive income is a dream come true for any worker. Imagine having to work as minimal as possible while getting a huge paycheck? Who doesn’t want to sit back and enjoy their life without worrying about all the bills that will be pouring in every month?

As good as passive income may sound, you need to get one thing straight. This type of income will not come to you if you do nothing.

Surprisingly, a lot of people think that they literally do not have to lift a finger and still they will earn. Sorry to burst your bubble but no. That is not how passive income works.

As defined by Wikipedia, this type of income is “received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it.”

Notice the words “little effort”? That means you still have to work on it. Nothing is really free nowadays – especially when there is money involved.

It is still a far cry from what you will have to endure in your day job, though so that should be appealing enough for you.

So if it is such a dream come true, why isn’t everyone enjoying it more?

Not that there are a lack of people trying to succeed in it. In truth, a lot of people tried their luck but unfortunately, not all of them were successful in living their dream life earning off a passive income.

What is the problem?

Different Passive Income Options

Definitely, the problem is not a shortage of opportunities.

There are several jobs/businesses out there that will give you passive income. Whether you want to venture into a passive income online or in the real world, you have several options before you.

One of them is affiliate marketing. You can market the product of a company through a website that you will build. Once you have set up the website, promoted it and placed relevant backlinks in various sites, you can sit back and just work on it for a couple of hours each week. You will earn off sale commissions when the purchase is done by a user directed from your website. All you have to do is check in your site once in a while to spruce up your website, update it to maintain your page rank and come up with a promo or two.

Another option is to sell digital products. It can be an online course, eBook. software application. Just create the product, post it in your website or on sites like Amazon.com and wait for the revenues to come pouring in. If you want to boost sales, you can always come up with campaigns on your site to encourage users to purchase your product.

In the real world, passive income options include dabbling in stocks, investing in real estate and even franchising. All of these however, involves a capital so make sure you have a hefty treasure to your name.

About Passive Income

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How to Succeed in Passive Income

To be a successful passive income earner, you need to understand a couple of things.

One, choose a niche that you understand. If you do not know an industry but you are interested enough to pursue it for the sake of getting passive income, you can always study. Whatever you do not know, research on it. I never knew how to write SEO articles but with a few mentors and hours of reading about it, I know enough to get me where I am today.

As many as the options to a passive income career, it is still a small percentage so if it is not right up your alley, do not let that hinder you. If you want it bad enough, you will have the perseverance to pursue it regardless of the situation.

The second thing that you must do is to take what you have learned and keep on practicing. This is where most people give up.

When you practice, it is natural for you to make mistakes. That is the whole essence of practicing. Do not be discouraged if you lose the first time or if the sales are not pouring in like you expected it to be. Just work a bit harder to promote the product (for instance) and keep practicing your strategy until you get the winning formula.

The last that you have to do once you are done practicing is to be a master of the craft. Even if you know the industry like the back of your hand, you should still exert a bit of effort to make sure you stay on top of your game. When you reach this point, you usually do not have to work as hard as when you first started out. If you are lucky, you might even be nearing a complete ROI of your investments.

Unless you go through all three stages, you will never really appreciate the beauty of having a passive income.

Earn At Home

Earn at Home

Earn At Home

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Wanting to earn at home is something that most of us dream of. There is nothing like staying in the comfort of our own home and at the same time, earn a living out of it.

There are several benefits when you know how to earn money from home.

1. You usually work at your own pace (unless your employer wants you to work online at specific hours).

2. You do not have to dress up for work. You can even wear your PJ’s to work! I’d say you don’t even have to brush your teeth before starting work everyday but that would be really unsanitary. (Though I’m pretty sure some of us working from home are guilty of this!)

3. You won’t have to worry about traffic or getting wet when it’s raining. (I love this!)

4. You get to stay with your family 24/7. As a mom, this was actually my main reason for wanting to have this work arrangement.

I could go on until the list is endless but you get my point. Bottom line is, it’s great if you have work online that allows you to earn at home.

Earn At Home Hindrances

As great as it is to earn at home, not everyone feels that they can make it in this arena. That may be true, but I don’t think that has anything to do with limited opportunities. On the contrary, a lot of the people who are hindered by finding ways to work online are just plain scared.

Let me list the common reasons why people get scared and why they shouldn’t be.

1. Financial Instability. If you are afraid of the instability in terms of finances, you can always start part time. I did at first. It took a bit of getting used to and some sacrifices too. I had to practically work a double shift but that was because I knew I could take the additional work load. You can try it a couple of hours a day. Just be patient and determined and you will be able to find a great employer online. My tip is, work on this part time until you are sure that what you are getting off of it is big enough to support your lifestyle.

2. Technically Challenged. Some people are afraid of trying it online because they believe you have to be knowledgeable of the technical aspects of the Internet. If you think that you need to know the HMTL codes and stuff – you don’t! Besides, there is nothing that you can’t learn through the Internet. I mean, I knew nothing when I started except to makes sense of a couple of words. That was why I entered a writing career. But beyond that, I knew nothing. Also, a lot of the applications now are user friendly. Or you can ask someone to teach you how. An online colleague taught me the basics of WordPress and here I am trying to run my own blog site. Learning is easy if you have the perseverance to go after what you want to know.

3. Unsure of their Online Career. This is a bit more difficult to explain actually. There are certain careers that cannot be translated online. But if you focus on your skills, you are bound to find something. If you came from sales or marketing, your skills can work in Affiliate marketing and sell stuff online. If you are an artist, you can be a graphic artist. If you are into real estate, you can use the same principle and go into buying and selling websites (that is like dealing with virtual real estate). Your real world career does not have to influence what you can do online. I was a product developer of underwear products for more than 5 years. But I knew I had skills in writing so I started working as a freelance writer. One online employer taught me how to write SEO articles and the education continues through practical application. My current employers don’t really care that I was in the retail industry before. As long as I can deliver the task they set upon me, they will pay me.

I’m not trying to sell that when you earn at home, it is a lot better than doing so in corporate offices. There are people who are built for this career path while there are others who thrive in real world offices. It all boils down to where your personality is best suited for – not to mention your priorities and what you are willing to give up for them.

I am just saying that whatever reason is hindering you from pursuing this path (even if it is what you really want), we can probably find a way to go around your fears.

So let me know your excuse. Let’s work on it together.