Money Talks - Q and A
By Steve Gillman
They say that money talks, and so do I. Here are some questions
that I collected from emails that subscribers to the Unusual
Ways Newsletter have sent me, along with my responses.
Q: Can you recommend a low cost business that really
A: When my wife and I got married in 2001 I was making less
than $10,000 per year (and her last job was $1 per hour teaching
Spanish in Ecuador). We tried a lot of things, including selling
things at flea markets (paid the bills and fun, but no real money).
Eventually I discovered this business creating websites and promoting
them with articles. Can't say it will work for everyone, but
keep trying until you find a job or business that does work for
Q: How much should I charge for a room rental?
A: more than fifteen years ago I was getting $75 per week
for room in a mobile home, but it always depends on where you
are. The best way to determine a fair rate is to watch the newspaper
classified ads to see what others are charging for similar rooms.
If there are not many ads, you might also ask around to see what
people are paying.
Q: I would like to start earning from internet. Every
site asks me for money, I don't know anything about where to
start. What do you suggest?
A: I think it is best to start by reading everything you can
find online and subscribing to free courses. Save your money
until you are ready to commit to making a business online, and
then buy a few good ebooks to help you out (and if they don't
help, ask for a refund). I have a short course on how to use
articles to make money on he internet, which of course promotes
my ebook on the same subject. You can just get the seven free
lessons, and like I said, wait to buy anything until you have
learned more. Here is where my course is:
You might even want to set up a free blog at blogger.com just
to get some experience online.
Q: You are truly one of the best writers I have found
on the Internet. How did you develop such a clear and easy-to-understand
style and how can I?
A: I hadn't thought about it much until recently, but my wife
is originally from Ecuador, and since my Spanish isn't all that
great, I explain everything to her in English. I think this has
helped get me into the habit of finding the simplest ways to
say things. I also find myself thinking as I write, "would
anyone and everyone understand this?"
I don't directly cover writing style in the article-writing
book, except to say that your writing will get better the more
you do it . You would notice the lower quality of my own writing
from a few years ago, but I've written around a thousand articles
and at least that many web pages since then.
Other than that, I suppose a style develops as you write,
and I haven't analyzed that process enough to say much more.
Hope this helps a little.
Q: Which affiliate program has worked best for you?
A: I'm always looking for the right products for my visitors
at www.increasebrainpower.com and subscribers to my Brainpower
Newsletter. About two years ago I signed up with My Help Hub.
No affiliate program of the dozens I've tried has been better.
They have many relevant products I can promote (like the "Binaural
Beats" brainwave entrainment CDs), the conversion rates
are great and it seems that the tracking is the best in the industry.
What I appreciate most is that I consistently make money introducing
my readers to products and programs they really like.
They have products in several different areas, so there is
a chance that whatever site you have you can find something of
their's to promote. You can check out their affiliate program
Help Hub (and I get a commission if you sell anything for
There will be more questions-and-answer pages in the future
as I collect more of my emails and responses. Watch for them
in the "new pages" section on the homepage.