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[Method for Beginners] Earn Money Online Through Selling Word Clouds

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Sgt Kraut, May 19, 2014.

  1. Sgt Kraut

    Sgt Kraut Regular Member

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    Hi blackhats,

    today I want to show you how you can create a word cloud and sell it on Fiverr, stock photo sites, T-shirt stores and/or your own website.
    This method won't make anyone rich, however, it is suitable for building a startup income.


    Investment needed: None!
    Working hours: A few minutes for creating a word cloud + time for promotion and selling
    Earning possibilities: Between $4 (Fiverr) and $50+ (own website) per sale
    Skills needed: Design skills are optional - this makes the method perfect for beginners.

    What is a word cloud?

    A word cloud is an image that contains the main words of a certain text or topic. For example, a word cloud about internet marketing could include words such as money, AdSense, CPA, Amazon, PPC etc.

    Usually, the words in a word cloud are sized differently. The biggest words are either the most important words or the most frequently used ones. Word clouds can be created around any text, whether it's from a website, a book, a newspaper article and so on.

    This a word cloud of a site we all love - blackhatworld.com:


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    Who needs a word cloud?


    Everyone who wants to explain something through visualization. It could be a teacher giving his students an overview over a topic, a business owner explaining what their business is about, a journalist explaining a topic to the audience etc.

    Taking the example of the business owner, many businesses have a word cloud on their "About Us" page. I think it's a very interesting way to explain what the business is about. Definitely better than a long, boring text like everyone else does. I have also seen word clouds on the back of business cards!


    How to create a word cloud

    The process of creating a word cloud consists of two steps. First, you have to get the main words of a text and then you have to use a word cloud generator or create a word cloud manually.


    1. Get the main words of a text or website


    Use a website such as TagCrowd to extract the main words of a text, file or website automatically.


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    An alternative to TagCrowd can be found at WordSift.com.



    2. Use word cloud generators

    After extracting the main words, you can use either a free word cloud generator, a paid one or you create a word cloud manually.


    2.1 Free word cloud generators

    Wordle.net

    A very good word cloud generator can be found at wordle.net. You just have to paste the outcome of TagCrowd into the textbox and press "Go". Before this you might want to replace words that don't belong into the word cloud and write the words that are very important more often so that they are getting a bigger font size later.


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    Through the wordle Java app, you will then have numerous option to edit your word cloud. You can change colors, fonts and position of the words. Play with the options until it looks nice!


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    What sucks a bit at wordle is that we cannot directly save the picture. Therefore, simply take a screenshot or create a .pdf file with a .pdf printer.


    The licensing of the images you created through wordle is easy to explain: do what you want!

    Let me cite from the FAQ:




    HTML5 Word Cloud Generator

    Another free word cloud generator is available at timc.idv.tw/wordcloud. Not the most serious looking domain, but it's a very good generator! The advantage over wordle is that you can directly save the pictures and put the word cloud in a specific shape (star, arrow, circle and rectangle). The problem is that you cannot paste the outcome of TagCrowd or WordSift into the generator, as this generator would process these words again. Instead you have to copy and paste the site or text content into the generator and do the editing later.


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    Now you can edit the words and replace or delete all that do not fit.


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    Then you can change the color theme, shape, text size or widen/tighten the gaps between the words. Lastly, you need to press save and you'll get a .png file.


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    There are also word cloud generators available at worditout.com and tagxedo.com. However, the problem is that word clouds created by them have a license for non-commercial use only, meaning that we are not allowed to sell them. I know that some of you guys won't care anyway, but I feel I have to at least tell you ;)




    2.2 Paid word cloud generators

    Another word cloud generator is available at imagechef.com. The outcome will contain a watermark that is only removed for paying users ($9.99/week). I don't think it's worth it, but decide yourself. There are some more shapes available, e.g. a heart or a checkmark. Also, users can create shapes which will then be available for everyone.


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    Edit: The user Pilfer7 was so kind to mention another word cloud generator, tagul.com. The price for getting a commercial use license is $5.

    2.3 Manually create word clouds

    If you own tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator or GIMP you can create word clouds/word art yourself. Here are some amazing tutorials:


    Adobe Illustrator

    How to make a 3D word art


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    Adobe Photoshop


    How to make a word cloud with a picture font


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    GIMP


    How to create a portrait out of words


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    Make money through selling word clouds

    Now that you know how to create word clouds, it's time to show how you can monetize this new skill.


    Sell word clouds on Fiverr


    There are many gigs on Fiverr related to creating word clouds. Try to create your own Fiverr gig like this one:


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    Sell word clouds on stock photo sites

    Website owners and journalists often use word clouds in their articles. Most have no idea how to create them, so they are buying word clouds on stock photo sites. Provide them with what they are looking for! The following examples are taken from istockphoto and fotolia.


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    Create T-shirts with a word cloud imprint

    Create word clouds around books, poems, movies, TV series, music lyrics and whatever else has fans. Target those fans through social media and offer them T-shirts with a word cloud design! This example targeting fans of an English novel is taken from zazzle.com:


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    Create your own word cloud website


    If you want to charge higher amounts, you need to consider creating your own service website. You can advertise and wait for customers or take a more direct approach by contacting businesses. Search on Google images for sites using word clouds. If they already have one on their website, the website owners might be interested in having another one created by you!


    Summary



    • A word cloud is an image that visualizes words related to a certain topic

    • Word clouds are used by journalists, bloggers, teachers, business owners etc.

    • To create one, you first have to extract the main words of a text or website with TagCrowd or WordSift

    • The actual word cloud can be generated with free websites, such as wordle and HTML5 word cloud creator, paid websites like imagechef or self-created with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or GIMP

    • You can sell word clouds on Fiverr, stock photo sites, by creating a small T-shirt store and your own service website



    Hope you enjoyed the first method I'm sharing on BHW. Feedback is appreciated!

    Sgt. Kraut
     
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  2. b0u4bD4

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    Thanks for the great share OP , rich content , def. new 'product' idea .. Can i ask you about the figures that the one expect out of this method .. selling them on Fiverr for expl ! thanks :)
     
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    Wow nice i didn't hear about this. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Amazing share.. You just gave me some random ideas about doing something similar at some other place for someone else...
     
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    Nice Method OP, this was new to me, Thanks for sharing...
     
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    Thanks for this new idea. Looks interesting.
     
  7. zebrahat

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    Marvelous, inventive idea, though perhaps, too easy to saturate. What would also be helpful is to identify online scripts that produce valuable products in minutes, that can also be easily sold on Fiverr or on a freelance basis.
     
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    WordCloudStore.com is available :) go make some !!!
    thanks OP
     
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    peep http://tagul.com/
    allows you to export it, with background transparancy and all kinds of shtuff
     
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  10. Sgt Kraut

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    Thanks for your feedback. It's hard to mention a fixed number, as this depends on so many things, e.g. the time you are planning to invest and how big you want to scale this up. If you look on Fiverr, you will see that the best performing gigs have hundreds of sales, others around 3-5 and some do not have a single order. So it really depends on the person and the plan behind the gig.

    Thank you so much!

    Good that you mention it. In near future I'll write other guides related to this. There are so many gigs on Fiverr that look like the person would provide massive value, when in reality the whole secret is to use a special tool.

    I don't think that this method will be saturated soon. Think of stock photo sites, there are always new things going on in the world that could be summarised in a nice looking word cloud, e.g. the missing flight MH-370, NSA spying, situation in Ukraine etc.

    Good idea! :D

    Looks awesome. Thanks for mentioning this one! I added it to the paid generators, as the license for commercial use is $5.
     
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    This is a great technique, thanks for sharing it.
     
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    Some really good info there and a really simple method. Thanks for sharing this.
     
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    Looks awesome thanks for sharing
     
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    Wow! Nice idea .. thanks for sharing. I will use it for my personal use :)
     
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    thanks man i will give this a go :)
     
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    thank you for sharing this. :)
     
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    Amazing tutorial, I learn pretty much, sooner I'll aply this method as soon as possible.
    Another source of Income. Thanks OP, you're great.
     
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    Girls LOVE this on a guy.

    Pussy magnet. Its hardly fair
     
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    Definitely something new and refreshing :)