I like to write at least one post a month but couldn’t think of anything. I will, however, come back and edit this when I think of something to write.
I like to write at least one post a month but couldn’t think of anything. This will act as a placeholder until I can think of something to write.
With the year coming to a close, I thought I’d share with you my internet marketing plans for the upcoming year. Due to some medical issues (and just being plain lazy), I haven’t done much of anything over the past month or so. I don’t want to fall into the same trap in 2014, so the first thing I did was to tally up all my money from this year and set a new money goal for myself (more than double the amount of this year, want something I’ll have to work for).
My main focus for the upcoming year is going to employ the use of the Work From No Home model (building micro-niche sites *15 pages of content or less written around a particular product* in a variety of niche markets outside of IM) to create at least one new site per month. I’ll also be using the site CB Engine along with it (a database that allows you to search for the most recently-released products and more.
Even though working in the IM niche has become kind of boring for me because of all the crappy products, I’ll still continue to post reviews and stuff since I know there’s an expectation there. I also have a couple of internet marketing friends that are coming out in the next month or so with some products that I really want to try out. They’re legit marketers that have been in the game longer than me and really know their stuff. I think I will learn a lot.
Finally, the thing I may or may not decide to do is get into flipping websites. I already know of a product I can use, but whether or not I do this really depends on if I meet the goals I’ve set for myself using the Work From No Home model. This is just what I’m thinking so far. What are your plans?
When it comes to making money online, affiliate marketing or promoting other peoples’ products or services in exchange for a commission on every product sold is undoubtedly the most popular and one of the simplest ways to get started online. Doing affiliate marketing via a blogging platform also comes with advantages like being able to generate residual income or being able to put up content once but continually being able to profit from it (thanks to search engines).
When it comes to learning affiliate marketing, there’s a lot of crap out there, so I wanted to introduce you to a quality program that I’ve been a member of for 6 years called Wealthy Affiliate. The cool thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that not only will you find tons of information in various formats ranging from videos to PDFs to webinars and online tutorials on how to do everything from how to find a niche and do keyword research to setting up WordPress, getting traffic, doing e-mail marketing and so on, but you can also learn how to do things like create your own products and beyond.
The thing that makes Wealthy Affiliate most unique (outside of all the training and resources it provides) is its community of members. Wealthy Affiliate has been around since 2005 and literally has 10′s of thousands of members (some of which are just starting out and other who’ve had huge success has top Clickbank venders that make more than 6-figures a year! You can find a friend and mentor regardless of the level you’re at (helps out a lot). When I first started, it was Wealthy Affiliate members that encouraged me to keep going and helped see me through to success when I wanted to call it quits.
Wealthy Affiliate sets the standard when it comes to affiliate marketing training communities, and I highly encourage those of you thinking about it to take advantage of the limited-time offer the creators have going on for Black Friday weekend (29th of Dec. ti Jan. 2nd), where you get access to the Premium level at a considerable discount so low (.82/day) that you’ll be paying less than me (grandfathered in at one of the lowest possible rates). Click the link below to join Wealthy Affiliate at the special Black Friday 2013 discount price.
Today, I was browsing a popular internet marketing forum and came across a tread, where the topic of paid surveys came up. As someone who started out doing them when I first tried to start making money online, I’m going to tell you about the ins and outs of why getting paid to do surveys is not a good strategy for making money online (had to learn the hard way) as well as provide you with long-term options for generating consistent money online.
Survey sites work by allowing you to sign up for various offers and allowing you to earn credit for doing so. Once you earn a certain amount of credits, you’re able to turn the credits into money that you can get paid via Paypal or prizes. The purpose for advertizers doing this is to build their customer base. Sometimes, you will have to sign up for a trial of a product, and other times, you will actually have to purchase said product in order to earn said credits and thus money.
Here’s what they don’t tell you and why getting paid to take surveys is not such a good idea. First, some of the companies are scammy and never pay you the credits you are supposed to have earned. Once they have your credit card info, they will not hasitate to take your money, especially if you forget to cancel a trial or don’t return the product back in the original condition before the trial or refund period has elasped. You’ll have a heck of a time trying to get your money back.
Furthermore, while they often claim how much money you can earn on a regular basis, they fail to mention that the offers presented to you rarely (if ever) change. This can go on for months and months or even years. Since you’re not allowed to re-do an offer once you’ve done it, you have no way of making any more money. Finally, only one person per household is allowed to complete any one offer, which makes sense if what they want you to do is to buy the product.
What I Recommend Doing Instead
Instead of wasting your time and money on a sort-lived, money-making method that won’t deliver the results you’re hoping for, I suggest that you instead focus on learning business models (ways of making money that can be duplicated over the long term like learning how to become a ghostwriter, where you learn to do research and write content for other marketers and are able to get paid via Paypal or like learning how to create a blog and using it to generate residual income and build multiple income streams from the same blog and more.
Yours in online success…
I was checking out one of my favorite internet marketing forums — one way I keep up with what’s going on in the IM space, and I noticed that a bunch of different people kept asking a similar question, so I thought I would do a post about it. They were basically asking what some tips on getting traffic to their blogs. We all know how important quality traffic is, so I’ll give you a couple of tips and provide you with a resource to further your learning.
One of the quickest ways to get traffic to a new blog is by finding forums in your niche and putting a link to your blog in the signature file. The first thing you need to do is to find some forums that get lots of traffic in your niche. To do this, you can go to Google search and put in “your niche + forums.” Once you’ve found some, you should check out the number of members. Lots of members equals lots of traffic — talking 10,000+. You also want to make sure that you add value by interacting with people and answering questions as well. When people like what you say, they will naturally check out your stuff.
Another simple way to get traffic to your blog is by looking for blogs in your niche. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is to go to Google search and look for popular product reviews that are in your niche and that consistently out-rank you. The reason I suggest this is because these people already know what they are doing and usually get lots of traffic. Blogs like this welcome comments because it helps with the social markers of S.E.O. Again, it’s important that you make relevant comments. You should only put your url in the space for the url. Don’t put it in the message body, or it will look like spam.
To learn more about the ins and outs of blogging and more awesome traffic tips, I recommend that you check out Affiloblueprint 3.0 by Mark Ling. It’s a comprehensive, 12-week course (can get done faster and work at your own pace) in which you get to watch as the product creator (a real-life, ethical marketer with a long-standing reputation for releasing quality products) shows you how to build a blog from start to finish (using video and other resources), so that you’ll be generating residual income by the end of the course. Click the link below to learn more.
As internet marketers, the start of back-to-school through the end of the year tend to be the most profitable for us due to the facts that so many products come out and because people start shopping early for the holidays to save time and money, so if you’re interested in learning how to generate genuine, residual, long-term wealth via affiliate marketing, I’ve got just the thing for you. This way, you can jump in on the fun rather than just sitting on the sidelines as another profitable holiday season goes by.
Today, I would like to introduce you to a product called Affiloblueprint by someone I consider a mentor of mine (never actually met him in real life) and someone whom I contribute a great deal of my online success to, Mark Ling, founder of Affilorama (company for all his online stuff). I first heard about Mark some years ago via a popular internet marketing forum, where tons of people seemed to be raving about him and the quality of stuff he put out — a rarity even to this day. After doing a bit of research, I was shocked to find that he’s a real person. Everybody was also saying how he’s such a good teacher, too.
After going back and fourth, I decided to get his Affiloblueprint course. Once I got in, I was taken aback at the fact it was so nice and neat and seemed legit. There were videos and stuff (before everybody else started doing it, has been updated for 2013) — a big plus for me as I’m a video freak. Aside from the actual content, I found that I loved the way the course was set up (a lot like a classroom setting) and the fact that he knew what he was doing as he set up a site outside of the IM niche from start to finish within the course — learned and ton and have made lots of money because of him.
If Affiloblueprint sounds like something you’d be interested in, you’ll be happy to know that Mark has a 3-day Affiloblueprint, birthday special going on (from August 30th, 7 p.m., ET to Sept. 2nd, 7 p.m., ET) As part of this celebration, you get full access to the Affiloblueprint course (will put link to review down below, so you can read all about it – don’t forget to bookmark for later) as well as 6 months access to what Mark calls Affilo tools, a suite of really cool tools to help marketers improve their rankings (i.e. track your pages and rankings for specific keywords and lots more) — at more than half of the regular price!
Today, I want to talk to you about a topic that I have seen that keeps popping up: ways to make money online writing. In reading, one of the things that I’ve noticed about people that seem to want to make money writing is that not only do they have a passion for it, but they also don’t really care about the hassle of getting ranked in the search engines and all that stuff, so blogging will not be one such option listed here.
1. Ghostwriting. Lots of writers I know are really into ghostwriting, where they do some research and write content for other marketers. This is a long-term business model that will never go away because marketers are always needing high-quality content for blogs, autoresponders, sales copy for product creation, e-books to sell as an actual product and more. It’s endless. This is also one of the fastest ways to make money and get paid because you get paid via Paypal. As a ghostwriter, you can also run specials. Click the link below to learn more to learn more about this model and my recommendation.
2. PLR Store. PLR stands for Private Label Rights and is content that can be purchased, modified, and used as your own. This kind of content is sold in packs and can consist of everything thing from article, blog posts, and lots more. What makes PLR different from ghostwriting is that it is content that is sold to multiple buyers, based on the type of content that they are looking for in the search engines. For marketers, it’s a cheaper alternative hiring a ghostwriter. I think of it as kind of a cross between being a ghostwriter and blogging.
Once you put up the content, you will content to generate residual income from it. Better still is the fact that you get paid via Paypal, and because of the nature of this content, you don’t have to worry about refunds. Since the product can’t be sent back, most PLR providers don’t have a refund policy. In addition, you can take requests (via an opt-in form) and run specials — just like you can with ghostwriting. Click the link below to learn more about this model and a review of my recommendation.
Yours in online success…
Today’s post was inspired by a question that I saw in a popular internet marketing forum. In the guy’s original question, he asked if it was necessary to build a list when you have a blog. If you don’t understand how the two are linked, you soon will. First, you should know that the answer to his question is “no.” The reason is because it depends on what the goal of your blog is. I’m going to discuss the two perspectives and offer options for learning each.
There are two main approaches that you can take when it comes to blogging: a micro-niche site or building a larger, authority site. Even though each uses a slight variation on the same business model, each has its pros and cons and are structured a bit differently. You can either choose to do implement one or both of them. I’m going to start with the most popular one at the moment: micro-niche sites, which I just recently got into. cbengine (.com) is a good site to use with these.
Micro-niche sites are popular right now because they are how you generate fast, residual cash with a blog. These types of sites also require less work (only about 6 to 15 pages of content), get ranked really quickly, and are written around one product. While smaller, these sites still contain quality content that delivers value (product review and related articles). It should also be noted that this model is most often used with product launches and trending topics. List building is not a part of this strategy since visitors come looking for a specific item. Click the link below to get started.
Authority sites are Authority sites are larger in scope (consist of many product reviews and articles – like this blog), and as such, they tend to focus on things that people are passionate about. While these sites take longer to rank, they are awesome because not only will they begin to out-rank your competitors with little more than a post over time, but this model uses list building, which acts as a second income stream. You can also use them as a central location to promote all of your other online efforts (like selling your own products and more). Click the link below to get started.
Until next time…
Welcome back to part 6 of my Work From No Home case study. Before I get started on where we left off, there are some things that I should tell you that I realized about the Work From No Home Process. First, I thought WFNH was about creating and having success with one site within the time span of 30 days, but Peng actually encourages you to build 3 sites in this time as you should be able to build one of these sites in 7 to 10 days!
Now that I’m going through the process, this is totally possible. Here’s why. According to Peng’s plan, you start publishing your content on day 5, but you don’t put all of the content for your site at one time. He tells you to “drip feed” it over like a week or two. The time span over which you do this really depends on when your product actually launches, but you need to give your site some time to some time to “breath,” if that makes sense. He also tells you that you might be able to rank with just one page of content (depending on the current competition), but you don’t want your site to be too thin.
During the course, Peng recommends that you have six pages of content per site. In the “content” module, there’s a page, where he lays out what you should do on every page of your site, so you don’t have to wonder how you’re going to put the content together or something like that. All this stuff goes to day 8 of the action plan. After that, you’re supposed to review your rankings and stuff. By day 10, you might be able to review your launch results. He tells you should you should expect from your launch, but also says that this might not actually be day 10 for you. My product has already launched but not yet peaked.
By day 11, he talks about starting your second site and outsourcing. I have to tell you that I don’t actually plan to build 3 sites during this case study because I’m a slacker. :-) More immportantly, I want to wait to see the results from my first site, so that I can make adjustments. I also don’t outsource stuff. Not only am I cheap, but I prefer to do things myself. Once you put up your first site, the daily action plan goals get shorter. It’s more about aquiring knowledge and repeating stuff over again. You shouldn’t skip these, though. You’ll learn a lot.
Before I stop for the day, I want to talk about something I find odd about the course, but it might be something that will help you move through the course faster. I’m referring to the fact that the “content,” “SEO,” and the “backlinking” modules are so separate. I see these things as all part of the same process — getting seen in the search engines. They kind of overlap, and I’ve kind of always done them at the same time. For instance, I always install my plugins once I set up my site and am putting up my first content, but I had to go the SEO section for that. See my point?
With that said, make sure you don’t skip anything, especially if you’re knew. You’ll learn a ton of stuff in these knowledges and really increase your knowledge as a marketer. This is the kind of stuff that you’ll be able to use over and over again — worth the price of the whole course. In the “stand out techniques” section of the course, you learn about coversions and Google rankings – don’t skip this, a research tool that you can use (not necessary), and a few ways to get more traffic. Whether or not I use some of these techniques will depend on where I land in the rankings and my overall results.
Well, that’s all for now. I’ll notify you of any major happenings but really recommend that you check out Work From No Home for yourself.
Yours in online success…