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With most of the world in a state of recession, a lot of people are turning towards home-based businesses to make their money. This is because they do not have to pay money to travel to work and home businesses have low start up costs. Therefore, they think it is the best option that is open to them.

However, home businesses are not an easy ride. It takes a lot of hard work and focus and you might not even start making money until you have made a name for yourself on the Internet.

When people think about home businesses, they think about opening their own store or selling on eBay. This is a good business, but you have to have some initials so that you can buy your items.

Therefore, it is a good idea for people to make money by writing on the Internet. There is no start up costs, as long as you have a computer and a good word processor and site where you can make money are free to join.

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However, this is not an easy ride either. You can not just write the articles and expect the money to come rolling in, especially if you are writing articles for your own website or blog. It takes a lot of work, patience and promotion on your part.

Work

You can not just go online and write about anything you want when you are starting off. It is better to go online and find a niche. It is better to write about things that will make you money forever. If you write about the news today, or something that a celebrity is doing today, then people will read them initially, but then the article will not be relevant in the future.

Therefore, you have to write about something that people will be searching for all the time, even 20 years from now. These articles are generally 'How to' articles or articles about history.

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You are probably going to write about things that you love and want them to make money but if you write a TV show or comic book review, they are only going to be relevant until the popularity of the show or comic book wanes. People are not going to want to read a TV show review from this year, in 20 years time.

Promotion

You might be sitting there and thinking that you just write, get it published and then watch the money start rolling in. However, you will be writing for pennies if you do not that and you will never make enough money to live off. Therefore, you have to promote your articles.

The way to do that is through your social networks. When you post an article, you should post the link to the article on your status on Facebook and Twitter. Therefore, you will get free exposure.

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On Facebook, only your friends and followers will see the link, but if you post to twitter and put relevant hashtags in the post, then you will be able to get massive exposure, and new friends and followers.

One of the networks that writers overlook is Instagram, because they can not post links or their articles on the site. However, if they are writing about teacups, for instance, they can take a picture of teacup; tag it with relevant hashtags and a link to the article in the comments.

Therefore, people are more likely to see the picture and click the link to the article. They will be getting full exposure from all the relevant social networks this way.

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Source by Timothy Bhattacharyya