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One of the best things about the web is that it provides numerous ways to start your own business. No matter where you’re located or what experience you have, you can make money online with just an internet connection and an idea. The ability to earn an income online is a valuable skill, as it can potentially free you from your nine to five job, allowing you to travel and spend more time with your family. The internet is an ever-evolving place, however, and, if you’re going down this route, it’s important to consider the best ways to make money online in 2018.

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One way to make money online that still works is financial trading. Pixabay

The financial markets

To start with, you need to pick a style of trading and a broker. Most brokers provide free demo accounts so that you can get your financial feet wet before diving in. Styles of trading include spread betting and stock trading. A common method of making money from the financial markets right now is through options trading. Platforms such as IG allow you to trade on the rise and fall of the markets, with numerous markets to choose from, either from their demo or professional account. They also offer an education in trading, which is always wise to take advantage of if you’re just starting out. Now, you can also make money with Clickbank very easily.

The marketing system allows marketers (affiliates) to promote a company’s products and services online for a commission of the sale. Pixabay

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Affiliate marketing

The $3bn industry has produced numerous occasional six and seven-figure income earners. The most popular niches in affiliate marketing are the evergreen business/making money, dating and relationships, and health and fitness niches. You can begin by searching for a product or service to promote on websites such as ClickBank and CommissionJunction. You can put up a free website via Wix or, for the more advanced, WordPress, and, from there, begin learning and applying your online marketing skills to promote the affiliate products.

You can put up a free website via Wix and build a free but pretty limited website. However, if you would dedicate a bit of your budget you would get more features and better performance with Squarespace website builder, and, from there, you could begin learning and applying your online marketing skills to promote the affiliate products.

By regularly providing content that people will want to read, you will gain a faithful following. Pixabay

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Yes, blogging is still a popular activity. The key to making money is how you monetize your readership. One popular way is linking to information products that you can make money from. This, again, could be through promoting other people’s products (affiliate marketing), or maybe an information product that you’ve created yourself. You could also be paid for advertising or sponsorship. Once your readers have come to know, like, and trust you, they’ll pay more attention to your marketing messages, and be more willing to buy. You will, of course, need to ensure that your online presence is attractive enough visually, and search-engine friendly enough for the likes of Google to make it more accessible to potential readers. If you use WordPress, they have plugins to make search engine optimization easier so, don’t worry: you don’t need a degree in it. Just bear in mind that blogging is very competitive and you will need to find a niche you’re passionate in, and stick to it.

These opportunities should provide you with enough ideas to continue your exploration of making money online. Dig deeper into what you feel will work for you and do everything you can to maintain that all-important momentum. Apply what you learn in internet marketing on your own venture, and you will be on your way to making money online in 2018.


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Israeli Ambassador Naor Gilon said that the Pegasus snooping issue is India's internal matter.

Israeli Ambassador Naor Gilon on Thursday said that the Pegasus snooping issue is India's internal matter.

The NSO is a private company and it has a license to sell its software to the government entities only, he added.

Gilon said: "This is an internal issue of India and I can't speak beyond this point. This is the only main requirement that... under the requirements, they cannot sell it to non-governmental actors".

Responding to a query if the Indian government will contact them, he said that he has no idea whether the Indian government has contacted them or not.

Referring to the explosion that took place last year near the Israeli embassy in Delhi, he said that the perpetrators are yet to be nabbed; however, the investigating agencies of both countries are cooperating with each other.

"We are thankful to the government of India for providing security to all embassy personnel," Gilon said.

Talking about the newly-formed quad with Israel, India, the US, and UAE, the Ambassador said it is totally an economic forum based on mutual cooperation among the participant countries.

"It has nothing to do with the military component as of now," he added.

Talking about Afghanistan, Gilon said that the country should not be used for extremism.

"There should not be any human rights violation and women and children should not suffer there", he commented.

Saying that Israel is a technologically sound country but it cannot go for industrial manufacturing, the partnership between India and Israel can work better for industrial productions.

Sharing the details of the recently-concluded visit of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, he said that the visit was most successful in terms of bilateral relations.

Jaishankar met all important Ministers of the Israeli government and also met the Indian Diaspora, the Indian Jews who have recently settled there.

"It was a very warm visit, very friendly which I think emphasized the strategic partnership declared during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Israel. I think that the visit was in the spotlight of 30 years of diplomatic relations which we are going to celebrate on January 29 next year," Gilon added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Israel Politics, Indian Diaspora, Pegasus issues, Pegasus snooping issue, a partnership between India and Israel.

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The Sher Bahadur Deuba governmentrecommended veteran diplomat Shanker Sharma as the next ambassador to India.

The Sher Bahadur Deuba government on Thursday recommended veteran diplomat Shanker Sharma as the next ambassador to India.

Sharma earlier served as Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission and Nepal's Ambassador to the United States of America from 2009 to 2013.

The post in the New Delhi embassy of Nepal fell vacant recently after Deuba recalled the ambassadors from 12 countries including India. The outgoing ambassador, Nilamber Acharya has already returned to Kathmandu.

Sharma has extensive experience in government, international institutions, and economic research. Before joining the National Planning Commission as a member in 1997, he worked as a Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Nepal; a Senior Economist in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore; and a Fellow in the East-West Center, Hawaii. He also served as a Professor of Economics in the Centre for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuvan University.

He worked regionally and globally for many organizations, such as the UNESCAP, World Bank, and ASEAN. Sharma is close confident of Prime Minister Deuba. (IANS/JB)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that 2022 will be celebrated as the friendship year for India and ASEAN countries

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that 2022 will be celebrated as the friendship year for India and ASEAN countries as both have completed 30 years of partnership.

The event will coincide with India's celebrations of the 75th year of Independence from the colonial regime, he added.

While participating in the 18th edition of the India-ASEAN Summit, Modi said, "India is committed to deepening its relations with the next presidency, Cambodia and country-coordinator Singapore."

"History is witness to the fact that India and ASEAN have had relations for thousands of years. India-ASEAN relations are reflected in everything, including in our shared values, traditions, languages, scriptures, architecture, culture, food," the Prime Minister noted.

Speaking about the Covid pandemic which engulfed the whole world, he further said that the Covid period was also a test of India-ASEAN friendship. "Our mutual ties in the Covid time will keep strengthening our corporations in future and form a base for goodwill between our people," Modi added.

He further said that the unity and centrality of ASEAN have always been a priority for India and history has witnessed the fact that "we have had ties since thousands of years," he said.

The Prime Minister also said that India's Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and ASEAN's Outlook for the Indo-Pacific are the framework for their shared vision and mutual cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

During the Summit, the head of the member states will review the progress of India and ASEAN Strategic Partnerships which was signed in 2012. They will also review the progress achieved in the sectors like Covid-19, health, trade and investment, connectivity, education among others, the officials of India's Ministry of External Affairs said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, and ASEAN partnership, COVID-19, India, and ASEAN, India, and history, Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative.