The Internet offers business opportunities with low start-up costs. Social media marketing, online stock photography agencies and affiliate marketing are just a few income generation options that have gained momentum with advances in online networking. Online freelance websites and stock agencies are neutral, third-party providers that handle payments and legalities while offering a place for home computer business owners to offer their services online.
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From tweeting on Twitter and maintaining company profiles on LinkedIn to updating wall posts on FaceBook and tagging news on social bookmarking sites, companies are increasingly turning to freelancers to maintain their web presence. Thousands of businesses post on sites such as Elance.com to find hourly and project-based social media marketers. Tap into this computer-based opportunity by documenting your experience in an online profile, building the number of followers you or a client has on Twitter and optimizing your personal or business website for high search engine rankings.
There is considerable demand from businesses for rights to publish photos in their annual reports, websites and brochures. You can meet this demand by selling photos online from your home computer by working with an online stock agency. A stock agency can reach a broad market of businesses seeking photos to use, and the agency will handle the legalities, marketing and cash transactions for you.
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If you can create a website that generates considerable traffic, then you can start earning money through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing ads are ads from companies that pay you to promote their products or services on your website. Ensure your website content is appealing so that visitors aren't deterred by the ads. Optimize your website for keywords so that new visitors will find it when they search on Yahoo, Google or other search engines.