For site owners and bloggers, there are plenty of ways to make money online. Everything from using Google Adsense on your site, to affiliate marketing and even selling your own products or services. Another method for making money with a site of your own is to sell site traffic or ad space to different advertisers. In short, there are lots of different ways to start making money online.
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At the same time, it seems like everyone on the internet is looking for ways to make money online — whether they own a website or not. Once such method is through the use of URL shorteners and redirecting your traffic. The practice is usually done to get past spam blockers or filters that might be blacklisting specific sites or URLs.
Today we are going to take a look at Shorte.st, which is a popular link shortener that pays users to share links through their redirection service. Keep in mind, this type of promotion can be used by both site owners and anyone who might want to share URLs with a mass audience.
What is Shorte.st and Why Do You Need Link Shorteners?
Shorte.st is a URL redirection service. However, unlike other link redirection services that you might already be familiar with, Shorte.st is built around the concept of paying their users to use their service. Now, it’s not likely that you are going to make a lot money with a link redirection service, but you definitely can make money. Even more so if you have access to a heavily trafficked site or community.
As to why you might want to use a service like Shorte.st, well that comes down to a number of factors, such as trying to share content on Facebook that is getting blocked. Facebook blocks millions of URLs from being shared on their social network (and for many different reasons). So if you want to share a link with your friends or a Facebook Group, you are going to need to put a redirect in place, which we will now walk through in the section below.
How to Quickly Create a Link Redirect with Shorte.st
The first step to sharing a link through Shorte.st is to simply visit their site and then plug in the link you want to share. You can do this instantly on their site, or create an account where you can track and manage all links and earnings.
Step 1: Visit http://shorte.st and type your URL into the box at the top of the page
Step 2: Copy the code, then post it wherever you want to share the link.
Should someone click on the shorte.st redirection URL, they will see a page like the one below — first showing a quick advertisement, then having the ability to click on the “SKIP THIS AD” to proceed to the actual site.
This is where the monetization method of shorte.st comes into play. Since they are acting as the redirect service, they are placing a quick advertisement in the middle of the redirection process. Shorte.st earns money each time these ads are displayed, then they pass a percentage off to their users who are sending traffic through the site.
You can see an example of a live Shorte.st redirect here: http://sh.st/IEARD
Features Available with Shorte.st
As with most tracking platforms, the more options you have the better. To take advantage of the many features that Shorte.st has to offer, you should create a free account on their site. Such features include:
- Free URL shortening service
- High CPM rates that pay on nearly all global traffic
- User-friendly interface with advanced tracking tools
- 20% commission on all referred users to their site
- Earnings of .50 to $4.00 per 1,000 views (depending on country)
Shorte.st offers wide range of advanced tools and tracking solutions on their site, and even more for site owners. Such features include a Developers API, Mass Shrinking, Social Sharing Widgets, a WordPress Plugin and more.
How Much Does Shorte.st Pay Out?
The most common question when it comes to services like Shorte.st, is how much money they pay out and how much can you actually make using their site.
To answer the question as best as possible, it really depends on the amount of volume you are pushing through your links. Obviously the more people who are seeing the in-between ads, the higher your overall earnings will be.
The good news is that Shorte.st pays for nearly all types of traffic, which is something than can’t be said for many other services. Below you can see some of the average CPM payouts from Shorte.st, based on 1,000 pageviews and the country they are coming from.
If you were to start using Shorte.st for your link redirection and were sending 1,000 US visitors and another 1,000 foreign (lower value traffic) through your links, you would be looking at roughly 60,000 clicks per month (30,000 (US) and 30,000 (foreign)), which would likely earn you somewhere in the $50+ range (based off the noted CPM earnings above).
You can see a full list of payouts by country here.
Payments are sent out to users through PayPal or Payoneer on the 10th of each month as long as the minimum payout amount of $5.00 has been met.
How to Make the Most with Shorte.st
Now that you have a good idea how link shortening services like Shorte.st work, now it’s time for you to decide if it’s right for you.
For site owners with a trusted brand and valued audience, it’s probably not in the best interest to set up link redirection as it interrupts the user experience and will clearly frustrate users who are used to experiencing your site in a seamless fashion. However, there are many areas that a service like Shorte.st can come in handy, such as:
- YouTube Videos: If you have videos on YouTube that are getting massive traffic and linking out to other content or videos, you could push a ton of traffic through your links and earn a few dollars a day in the process.
- Facebook Updates and Images: As mentioned earlier, Facebook blocks a lot of URLS. If you are trying to share content that keeps getting blocked, Shorte.st is an option to consider. The link redirection service could also prove useful and effective when promoting images and links within groups, fan pages or status updates. Another common occurrence is due to the posting of too many links in a small time frame by some users, shorte.st links are sometimes blocked by Facebook. Should this happen, users can contact Shorte.st support and they will receive a list of alternative domains that work fine.
- Viral Content: Keeping with the theme of “high traffic”, any type of content that you can get out there that might have a ton of people viewing and sharing it is a potential winner with Shorte.st. Again, keep the consideration of your audience and their value in mind.
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are plenty of ways to make money online and Shorte.st is yet another to add to the list.
Create a free account at http://shorte.st today.
Should You Aim for Blog Post Quality or Quantity?
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The human mind is silly. It thinks one or the other. It thinks you cannot have it all. You can have blog post quality and quantity but you need to make a clear decision on what you define to be a quality blog post.
Quality posts do not mean 2000 to 4000 word, pillar style masterpieces. A quality blog post answers the question you asked via title or delivers on the promise you made on the title.
I do understand how Google ranks 2000 word or longer, SEO-optimized posts requiring hours of work for even skilled bloggers to write, package and publish. But Google also ranks 600 words posts. 600 word posts are quality posts. Guess what? For the 30,000 bloggers out there asking the title question, I just wrote a quality blog post because they get a clear, concise, dead on answer.
Avoid Scarcity Thinking
Any time you FEAR posts are not quality because word length is 600 words, you think scarcity, or, not enough, or, not quality. But fear is not true. Fear is illusion. I can write 10, 600 word, quality posts today to make a massive impact and to help people IF I think abundance. But if I only believe I write quality, helpful posts in the 2000 word range, I stopped thinking abundance and began thinking scarcity. I chose fear over love and abundance. Naturally, all bloggers who think scarcity either struggle, fail and quit or work like beasts just to make end’s meet. Not good.
Go for quantity and quality. Some posts may span 800 or 1000 words but you can answer most questions and solve most problems in 600 words if you have immense clarity. Seth Godin answers most questions in 100 to 300 words. You have so much more to work with. So…work with it!
Think abundance. Blog abundance.
I have referenced Gary Vee many times recently and his 2000 video interviews on YouTube. Before he landed world famous speaking gig he had a pure abundance mindset, doing videos left and right, offering quality insights on a high quantity of channels. Blogging fools would try desperately to land an interview on a TV show, pitching, fearing, worrying, striving, and wasting months of time, thinking scarcity. Gary thought abundance, seized every opportunity through interview requests from some entrepreneurs who registered zero views per video, gained massive exposure organically, and, the dude became famous through his abundance mindset.
He thought quality and quantity. He did not hold back.
I am beginning to gain massive exposure through the 5-10 guest posts and blog posts published under my name daily. I do not turn down a microphone. I also know the easiest way to become well known is to focus heavily on quantity and quality, to share the wealth.
Many bloggers would obsess over a quality post being 2000 words, SEO-optimized and all that jazz, spending 4 hours to write said post on blogging tips. Meanwhile, I just wrote and published 8 quality, 600 word posts during those hours. I am being seen helping people in 8 spots. While you are on the sidelines. Even if that SEO’ed out, 2000 word post gains massive traffic over the long term, via Google, I am gaining even more massive traffic, being in 8-10 places daily via my posts and guest posts.
Think exponential increase. Imagine my 10 guest posts building up over 365 days. That is 3,650 guest posts, 3,650 spots where I am spotted online. That is a lotta spots!
See why it pays to think quality and quantity?
How to Leave Your Blogging Struggles Behind
Exit your comfort zone on a daily basis.
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Leave blogging struggles behind.
I love blogging. Blogging feels fun, freeing and quite easy to me. But sometimes, on this journey, my feelings change a bit. Sometimes, blogging feels uncomfortable and I nudge into resistance. Fear rears its head. Mental blocks arise. Sometimes I fear running out of time or perhaps I fear wasting my time. In these moments, I have 2 choices: remain in my fear-filled comfort zone or leave my comfort zone.
I left most of my blogging struggles behind because I choose to leave my comfort zone on a regular basis. Traffic, profits, and all manner of sweet blogging success greet bloggers who feel their fears, leave their comfort zones and do the blogging task, anyway.
What Is Blogging Struggle?
Blogging struggle is doing things or not doing things based on fear. Fear drives you. You blog from a fear-based, scared energy. You avoid traffic and profit and success boosting activities because you fear the opportunities. Example; you struggle horribly to make money and drive blog traffic. I advise to begin generous, relaxed, enjoyable guest posting, to help you increase traffic and profits and success. The split second you THINK about guest posting, you feel a range of emotions, from excitement, to happiness, then, from terror, to anxiety, to a general fear of wasting your time.
If 2 people visit your blog daily and you see zero blogging profits now, and you say “no” to guest posting because of some fears, you will likely struggle horribly, because you avoided guest posting to stay in your comfort zone of fear.
Traffic and profits sit on the other side of fear, outside of your comfort zone. No way around that one. We all pay a fear tuition doing freeing, success-promoting, uncomfortable things. I remember when Zac invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Fear invaded my mind. Would he reject my posts? How about if he hated my posts? What if I wasted my time? Would I be able to follow all the rules? Would he criticize me? Of course Zac is the nicest, kindest, friendliest iconic blogger on earth. He REALLY is, guys. He is an exceptional human being. But fear is irrational, distorting the truths of love, harmony and abundance.
I had to feel all those scary, intense fears, and keep blogging anyway, to write and publish my first few guest posts here. 800 plus guest posts later, I am still going strong. Why? I left my comfort zone those first few times and instantly began leaving blogging struggles behind.
Exit your comfort zone every single day. Do something that scares you. Do something that tests your limits. Publish a 4 paragraph long comment on a top blog, even if you fear:
- nobody is listening
- nobody is reading comments
- nobody will click through to your blog
- you are wasting your time
- the comment won’t get published
This happened to me recently. I spent 15 minutes writing a 9 paragraph comment on Pro Blogger. But Disqus suffered some connection problems and prevented me from publishing the comment. I feared I wasted 15 minutes. But after feeling and releasing the emotion, I let it go, moved on, and devoted 10 minutes to writing and publishing the comment later in the day, when Disqus was working.
Struggles happen if you choose to blog mainly from fear.
Success happens when you nudge into these fears, toward your blogging fun, taking inspired but uncomfortable action on a daily basis.
Go for it!
Exit your comfort zone.
Leave your blogging struggles behind…for good.
Focus on Things More to Leverage Your Blog Quickly
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What is the relationships guy talking about?
Blogging is a people business, right?
Blogging is one part people and one part things. Seriously. I learned this recently because if you depend 100% on people to build your blogging success you cannot possibly scale to massive levels. But if you do focus on things more, like email lists, and blogging platforms, you become less dependent on people, and also, your leveraging potential goes through the roof.
Email List Example
Let’s look at the famous email list. It is a thing. After you publish a blog post, you write a few words, include a link to your latest post, and after clicking a button, email the post to 10, 100, or 10,000 people….or more people. In a split second, you reach 10,000 human beings. Using a thing helps you leverage your presence like mad. Awesome.
But imagine if you only reached 10,000 people by mentioning people in your recent post, and tagging them on social media. Humanly impossible, of course. Let’s say you depend on even, 50 people, to promote your blog post, by mentioning them and tagging them. Linking to and tagging 50 bloggers takes a lotta time. Minimum, even for a 700 word post, it takes 90 minutes to 2 hours – or longer – to go the tagging and mentioning route. Do you see the problem of depending 100% on people and friendships to build blog? You run out of time. Meanwhile, sending your post to 50 email subscribers takes 3 minutes to send the email and literally, a split second to actually publish the email, at the click of a button.
Using Things Effectively Leverages Your Presence
Using email lists, blogging platforms for guest posting and certain tools leverages your presence fast because eventually, you run out of time trying to leverage your presence solely based on grabbing the attention of fellow bloggers. Plus you are at the mercy of humans, and building a fear-based attachment to fellow humans leads to misery because humans change, humans get too busy to promote you, and humans unfriend other humans.
I am for making blogging a people and things business. I have learned this lesson the hard way over the prior 2 months. Befriend people and enjoy the process, but if you want to leverage massively and sprint up the exposure ladder, tap into the convenience of technology by using things to reach more people fast.
At the end of the day, it is about helping more people freely. Use things – aka technology aka inanimate objects – to help people more freely and to help more people, too.
Exit Human-Obsessed and Things-Resistant Blogging Circles
I used to be part of blogging circles 100% reliant – virtually – on human beings, and heavily resistant to things. But none of these bloggers leveraged to big time, super successful levels. These bloggers railed against bots and joked of not using or being a blogging cyborg. All seemed funny. But on agreeing and following their advice I soon learned how incredibly difficult it becomes to grow a successful blog being 100% attached to and dependent on human beings to build the blog. Humans change. Things do not. Plus you cannot leverage humans like you leverage things.
While all these folks complained about emails and automating, they played so small that reaching next level success proved to be 100% impossible. But, I observed how using things like systems and tools will help you reach huge, targeted groups of people in minutes or even seconds. See the email example above.
Instead of complaining about or resisting tech, why not use things to make life easier, to leverage your presence quickly and to reach a huge, targeted group of human beings so you succeed and so people get what they want?
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