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Million Dollar Website

December 30, 2005

I saw this website a while back and apparently this guys original idea is paying off. I wanted to share this story about a 21 year old who turned his creative idea into a money making website. Click here to read the story.

Being creative is an awesome way to get traffic to your site and to make some good money online.

Using Google Reader

December 26, 2005

I just found this excellent flash demo that shows you How to Use Google Reader. Google Reader is an RSS news aggregator that everyone trying to make money online should know about.

Enjoy!

2006 Winter Olympics Blog

December 22, 2005

I just finished setting up a new blog for my wife and I. She came up with the idea to start a blog for the 2006 Winter Olympics and I think it will be fun for us. I know it’s a one time event, but we are trying it out anyway. I will be sure to let you know how much money we make from the new blog.

Our new blog has been set up well for maximizing our profit potential. So now, we just need to start writing. You can visit our blog at:

http://2006turinolympics.com/

Please, be sure to take our first poll and let us know what your favorite Winter Olympic event is by clicking here.

Also, please let me know what you think about it!

Getting RSS Feed Updates Through E-Mail

December 21, 2005

I posted a while back about using bloglet to allow your visitors to get your blog feed sent to them through email. Well, apparently Bloglet doesn’t work. I have found another free alternative called FeedBlitz.

I placed the code in my sidebar under Syndicate. It looks like this:


Enter your Email





Powered by FeedBlitz

It seems to work so far. They also offer a paid version with more options. Now back to work…

Blogging Jobs

December 20, 2005

For those who want to get a job blogging for a living, I came across some cool blogs where they post blogging jobs:

http://blogger-jobs.com/

http://www.bloggerjobs.biz/

Getting paid for blogging is certainly one way you can make some extra money online.

Let me know if you know of other blogs/sites that post blogging jobs.

Chitika Auditing Process

December 20, 2005

I have not been with Chitika very long, but ever since joining I have been reading about Chitika’s auditing process. I was hoping to go through an audit myself before discussing this, but I wanted to make you aware that some people have reported a BIG percentage of their Chitika earnings being cut following the Chitika auditing process. People have reported losing as much as 90 percent of their unaudited revenue from a Chitika audit.

What is a Chitika Audit?

Basically, once a month Chitika audits the clicks that it gets from all of it’s publishers sites. Then Chitika removes all the revenue from clicks that Chitika deem invalid. According to Chitika, invalid clicks include clicks that come from unsupported countries like China, and repeated clicks from the same IP address.

My current thinking is that Chitika is still probably a worthwhile advertising method for most blogs and websites focused on products . However, you need to spend a good amount of time testing Chitika and then wait for the audited revenue reports before making a decision about using Chitika eMiniMalls long term.

I will let you know how much of my earnings are audited when my earnings go through the auditing process. For now, I want to send you to some other discussions on this topic:

Jensense Blog discusses the Chitika Audit Process
DigitalPoint thread on Chitika Auditing
SitePoint thread on Chitika Auditing

Oh, also this week I am in the proces of setting up a new blog for my wife. I will let you know how that goes…

Blogging about Making Money with Blogs

December 18, 2005

There are not a lot of blogs out there dedicated to making money with blogs. I am sure more will pop up over the next several years, so I decided I would maintain a list of them here. Here is a comprehensive list of blogs that give tips on making money with blogs:

1. Performancing – Excellent blogging tips. I read this one on a regular basis.

2. ProBlogger – Darren Rowse’s blog tips. I read this on a fairly regular basis as well.

3. Andy Wibbels Blog

4. Bloggers Blog Making Money

5. Work at Home Mom Blogger

Three Four Five whole blogs!

Not a very competitive niche… Yet!

Please let me know if you know of any other blogs that are dedicated to giving out blogging tips and I will add them here. I plan on keeping this list updated as time goes by.

Note: last update 2/23/2006

SiteSell Buy 1 get 1 free sale

December 15, 2005

For the next 10 days leading up to Midnight December 25th, SiteSell is having their annual buy 1 get 1 free sale. For the next ten days, you can buy one SBI site and get another one free. That is truely an amazing deal.

If you are interested in owning a SiteSell site, then go sign up now to take advantage of their buy one get one free sale.

For those not familiar with SiteSell, I think it is a great web hosting solution for beginners. It offers all the tools you need to succeed online. You can learn more about it by reading their case studies here.

Later…

Best placement of Google Adsense

December 14, 2005

A lot of people have asked me the question,
“Where is the best place to put Google Adsense ads on my blog and/or website?”

Well Google has answered that question for you. Take a look at this page titled “Where should I place Google ads on my page?

It gives you a “heat chart” that shows you the best places to put your ads. Hope this tip helps you make more money with your blog or website.

New Headline for my Book

December 10, 2005

One thing that I have not liked about the sales letter for my website promotion book was the headline. Tonight when I was talking with my wife about this, she realized that ever since I drasticly reduced the price of my book the price is something that makes my book unique. In fact, the price differentiates my book from other similar books.

So we decided to change the headline to read:

“No Money for Website Promotion?
You Need The Cheapest In-Depth Website Promotion Manual Available…
Read On To Find Out Why You Have Nothing To Lose!”

I like that headline WAY better than any other headline I have ever used for the book.

I also made changes to the sales letter itself to emphsize the great price.

There are a couple of other business things going on for me. I am in the beginning stages of discussing a potential Joint Venture with a friend. Also, I have come up with a great idea for a business. I am not going to tell you too much about it, because it is very unique and I don’t want to give this business idea away to anyone. One problem with it is that in order to get it started up quickly I will need to hire people to help with it. Either that or I will need to partner up with some other people to get it done quickly. I am going to brainstorm a little more and see if I can figure out a way to get it done quickly with less effort.

That’s it for now…

New article to get Higher Search Engine Rankings

December 7, 2005

I just added an excellent new article to my site that explains the importance of “weight” in Search Engine Optimization. You can read it by clicking here…

I have been fairly busy with my 9-5 job and family things, so I haven’t spent a whole lot of time this week on the business. I do plan on setting more time aside next week for business stuff. Our teething baby has made things a little more difficult on us the past couple of weeks. Plus our oldest Matthew is at his Dad’s for the next couple of weeks, which also takes a toll. However, I am excited about some of the things I will be doing over the next couple of weeks to help grow my current online ventures. And I look forward to sharing some of that with you over the next couple of weeks.

Later…

Online Business Success Story

December 6, 2005

I wanted to post this article that Yanik Silver sent me earlier this year. In this story Yanik talks about his road to online success. I always find inspiration in reading other peoples business success stories and I hope it serves as inspiration for you as well.

Enjoy…



When Is Your Independence Day?

By Yanik Silver


July 4th for Americans is a chance to celebrate our independence.
Trust me, I’m not going to get on a soapbox and start waving the
flag – but I do think it’s important no matter what country
you live in to really think about that word “independence”
and its meaning for you.

My father reminded me that July 3, 1976 was his
“Independence day” since that’s the date my family came
over to the United States from Russia. (Pretty cool
since it was right before the bi-centennial celebration.)

For me, my independence day was on July 1, 1999.

That’s the date I left my father’s business to work on my
own. It was by far one of the hardest decisions of my life.
You see, I had worked for my dad since I was 12 and he
thought I was going to take over the company. I had that
same thought as well until I got the “bug”.

In fact, my wife, Missy, and I were talking about this
recently. She was talking about how when she met me 9 years
ago, I had only one thought: “how to grow my father’s
business”. I would stay late working on new ads and
marketing pieces. I was in early calling my accounts trying
to make sales, etc. etc.

Now I had been studying direct marketing, and results were
really paying off for my dad’s business. (Actually they
still use a lot of the ads I wrote in 1998 because they
still work today.) But with every ad I wrote I was getting
more and more aggravated. Not because the ads weren’t
producing sales – they were – but because of the grief and
politics I had to deal with. Everybody seemed to be an
advertising expert even though they’ve never studied or
read anything on the subject. People mistakenly believe
that if they wouldn’t “read all that copy” then nobody
will. Or if the ad is “ugly” and has no pictures or pretty
graphics it won’t work.

Complete and total crap.

For every ad I wrote I had to fight to get it out there. I
got sick of it and decided I would create my own product so
I could write ads for myself. My first product was to help
dermatologists who wanted new cosmetic patients. It was a
big kit (manual, tapes, reports, diskette, etc) based
around some marketing consulting I was doing on the side
for one of my customers.

I ran my first ad in April 1998 in Dermatologic Surgery
magazine. I got 10 responses so I sent them the 20-page
sales letter I’d written selling this $900 kit. Not one
order.

I waited…

Sent out a 2nd notice to those 10 respondents.

Nothing…

Then I sent a 3rd notice telling them the expiration date
to get all the free bonuses was only 10 days away. Finally
on the very last day of the expiration date I got one order
over the fax machine.

Yipeee!!

I still remember that doctor’s name in Flushing, NY. What
an incredible feeling. That was the start of my
independence. I realized I now had the power to chart my
course as I wanted. That first sale. That’s one of the
greatest feelings in the world – when something you’ve
created is sold. It took me a little over a year after that
first order to realize I wanted my freedom and I finally
quit on July 1, 1999.

Maybe it’s the new confidence you get when you realize
you’ve created something that people want and are willing
to exchange money for. That first sale is usually the
hardest (but also the most rewarding).

It’s wonderful when I help turn on that light in people.
I’ve seen it first-hand working my Apprentices and seeing
them launch their products. How amazed they are by the
money pouring from around the globe. I love it!

And my wife is striking out on her own with a little bit of
my help. She set up her first web site – (www.InstantThankYouLetters.com) and she’s getting
checks each month.

So when will your independence day be?

If you’ve already achieved it – I bet you can remember it
perfectly. Sometimes the bleakest times that we believe are
terrible actually turn into a perfect opportunity.

Take my good friend, Jim Edwards’, for example. His
independence day came because he got fired. To him that
wasn’t a blessing at first but as he looks back on it – it’s the best thing that ever happened.

I remember the conversation we had right after it happened.
I was drinking a bourbon and Jim was having a beer. We were
talking about different projects he could try and pursue
and do now. We were throwing around some ideas and we came
up with “33 Days to Online Profits”.
(www.33daystotoonlineprofits.com/?35681)

It was right there during that call that we outlined each
of the days and moved forward from there. And “33 Days” has
been a tremendous six-figure income earner for both of us
and it doesn’t seem to let up.

So what can you do to achieve your independence?

I’ll give you a couple things to take to heart. I can’t
remember the author who said this but he said if you show
me what a man does in his spare time I’ll show you the type
of man he’ll become. What are doing with your spare time?

– Watching TV or reading? – Napping or practicing your copywriting? – Yakking to your friends or studying direct marketing?

It all comes down to the choices we make every single day.
In fact, you shouldn’t let one day go by without making
sure you are taking at least one proactive step towards
your own independence. Just because the thought of you
doing what you want when you want may seem so far away – don’t let that stop you from taking those baby steps each
and every day. That’s one of my rules and I hope you’ll
adopt it.

What else?

Learn to be different. The truth is you need to become
extraordinary to achieve extraordinary results. You can’t
be like everyone else (and why would you want to). That
means doing the things other don’t (or won’t) do. That
means not listening to their advice (unless they are doing
what you want to do). Frankly, if you simply did the exact
opposite of what everyone else is doing you’d turn out
okay. Why? If only 5% of people are truly successful and
the 95% are the mediocre majority – doesn’t that mean the
majority is wrong? Don’t engage in their thinking. Don’t
follow their lead. Don’t adhere to the same values and
standards the “95-percenters” do.

Two people who really helped me clarify my thinking on
this was Early Nightingale and also Dan Kennedy. (See
next article for his insight and a special gift I’ve
arranged for you.)

Please don’t get me wrong – in no way am I trying to be
elitist. I’m not. But it is tremendously important to go
through your day with your eyes wide open. The truth is
most of your friends (right now) probably don’t want you to
change and succeed. That would imply that they are losers.
That would mean they are failures. Nobody is going to
propel you to succeed except yourself.

So get on it and proclaim your own Independence Day
starting T-O-D-A-Y!

(c) Surefire Marketing, Inc.



Yanik Silver is recognized as the leading expert on
creating automatic, moneymaking websites…and he still
doesn’t know how to put up a website.

He is the author, co-author or creator of several best-
selling online marketing books and tools, which can be
found at http://www.SurefireMarketing.com/?35681


BTW - Feel free to send me your online success story. If I think it will benefit my readers I will post it here. I think success stories serve as great inspiration for all of us who are trying to make money online.

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