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  1. I am in the process of investigating how to set up an online magazine and generate a side income with it.

    Here is my zine idea. I want to place stories that are encouraging and biblically based. They can be fiction, true life, expository, poems and etc. What I don't know is, how to create a business with this zine idea. The only thing I am aware of is - Use AdSense and affiliate programs.

    I do have an old web site: http://barryb.witnesstoday.org that has been collecting dust. I have been told "Make some money with it". I really don't know how; other than the aforementioned items.

    My current income is from Social Security Disability Income and am not employed. Originally, I thought to fill the magazine with my own stuff. However, this is a whole lot more work then I cared for. I am currently considering a blog style zine and add a few articles per months. The articles are written by other people.

    How do I go about making this into a business? Is WP the best choice? If so, how? Google Sites? I'd love some input about this idea.

    The blog I need help with is insppoint.wordpress.com.

  2. You can't earn income from a wordpress.COM blog and you cannot use a wordpress.COM blog to drive traffic to 3rd party sites.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://wordpress.com/tos/
    Take note of the only types of blogs allowed at wordpress.COM
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

    If you attempt to advertise on your blog it will be reported to Staff and deleted.

    Your alternatives are to hire a web host http://wordpress.ORG/hosting and self host a free software install obtained from http://wordpress.ORG or to get a Blogger blogspot blog.
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/please-read-me-first-before-posting?replies=1
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. Timethief,

    You can relax. I am not planning to advertise on my WP.COM blog. Didn't know about "Not pointing to a third party, though.

    What I am trying to do is find solutions from experienced bloggers. Why this forum? Let's put it this way, wordpress.COM has a very active forum and has a greater chance of having knowledgeable people who've done similar things; albeit elsewhere.

    I am serious about what I'd asked in my earlier post. How the heck do I turn a site like the one I have on wordpress.com or my old site into a business. Yes, I'd have to take it to Bloggers. Still, this place has a greater chance of seeing my question answered.

  4. Question: "How the heck do I turn a site like the one I have on wordpress.com or my old site into a business."

    Did you notice what it said in types of blogs http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/ here?
    " Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category."

    That section provides the answer to the only way we are allowed make any income from a wordpress.com blog, aside from posting a paypal donation link
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/

    Section 2 - 5th bullet down in the wordpress.com TOS clarifies that wordpress.com blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third party sites http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    If you want to create a blog on another blogging platform like Blogger (blogspot) that does allow for blog monetization then there are many ways to make money online.
    http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/making-money-online-during-a-recession/
    http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/making-money-online-during-a-recession/onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/twenty-income-streams-for-bloggers/
    http://onecoolsite.wordpress.com/2008/09/30/how-to-make-money-online/

    It's my personal experience that you will be more likely to find ideas for making money from blogs by using Goggle blog search http://blogsearch.google.com/ to locate make money blogs, as make money blogs constitute is the largest niche in the blogosphere. Aside from that as far as making money with blogs ideas go there are many more online blogging groups, and forums with make money sections. There you will find large populations of make money bloggers who have more make money ideas to share than you will ever within the wordpress.com community

  5. Question: "How the heck do I turn a site like the one I have on wordpress.com or my old site into a business."

    Did you notice what it said in types of blogs http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/ here?
    " Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category."

    That section provides the answer to the only way we are allowed make any income from a wordpress.com blog, aside from posting a paypal donation link
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/

    Section 2 - 5th bullet down in the wordpress.com TOS clarifies that wordpress.com blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third party sites http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    If you click my username you will be able to find more help by typing these titles into the search box on my blog:
    Making money online during a recession
    Twenty income streams for bloggers
    How to make money online

    Note: The contents of those posts is for bloggers who are working on blogging platforms where money making is allowed.

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