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Introducing A New Co-Author On Can I Make Big Money Online

September 30, 2007

The Big News

I have been trying to find ways to manage my time better over the last few months. While I love this blog, I decided that I needed some help with it. Which is why Can I Make Big Money Online now has a co-author.

Ryan Ambrose has officially agreed to help out with this blog. Ryan will be a regular contributor to this blog at least through the end of the year.

Other News

I will still be posting to this blog, but not as frequently as I have in the past. I am looking for at least one more blogger to become a co-author for this blog. If you would be interested in becoming a co-author, feel free to contact me at george @ websitepromotionbook. com. Please keep in mind that the rules I have laid out for guest blogging applies to co-authors.

I hope you enjoy the fresh perspective that Ryan has to bring to this blog. I really look forward to working more closely with him.

Short Vacation Notes

September 26, 2007

I am going to take a short vacation for a few days and probably won’t write any new posts between now and Sunday. I will be back Sunday with one of many big announcements I plan on making over the next few months.

More talk about making money online when I get back.

Yanik Silver’s Brain In A Box?

September 25, 2007

I thought I would just quickly mention that Yanik Silver has just released a new product called:

Yanik’s Info Marketing Brain-in-a-Box

As you probably know, I love Yanik’s products. This product is basically the same “brain dump” he gave to people at a $15,000 per person conference. Since, I haven’t seen the product I can’t really say whether it is good or bad, but either way it looks like a pretty complete training package for people wanting to get into the information marketing business. I would definitely buy it over other similarly priced products.

You can check it out by clicking here.

7 Ways To Keep Your Blog Going When Time Is Hard To Find?

September 24, 2007

Chris Garrett asked a great question today:

Are You Ready For the Unexpected?

The unexpected has been common place for me lately. I have been having car problems, colds, Dr. appointments, back problems, other projects, people asking to buy my blog, etc…

Here are 7 ways that you can keep your blog going when you just don’t have the time to keep it going:

1. Store Up Reserve Posts In Your Drafts Folder
If you have some timeless posts stored up in your drafts folder, you can always publish them when you don’t have much time to write a new post.

2. Answer A Question From Someone Else’s Post On Your Blog
Instead of leaving a comment on someones blog, write a post on your blog to respond to their post. I find this to be an excellent way to come up with a quick post. That’s what this post is!

3. Answer Someone’s Comment With A New Post
Instead of answering a comment in the comments of your post, you can answer it in a new post. I also find this to be a very quick way to generate new content.

4. Rewrite An Old Post
You can rewrite an old post or newsletter from a different perspective or with more up to date information. This can be yet another really quick and easy way to create new content on your blog.

5. A Month In Review Post
Some blogs publish a month in review post. A month in review post highlights some of your more popular posts from the previous month. It is very easy to create a post like this.

6. Invite Guest Bloggers To Write Your Content
More and more blogs (mine included) allow guest bloggers to submit posts for use on their blog. If something unexpected arises you can ask your guest bloggers to take up the slack.

7. Create A Poll
My favorite way to write quick and easy content is to take a poll. Polls usually get a good read response rate and they don’t take long at all to write.

The above methods have been working for me and I recommend them to you as well.

Later this week I plan on revealing another solution to this problem. It is something I was going to announce at the end of this week anyway.

How Much Would You Sell Your Blog For?

September 20, 2007

Recently, an Internet marketer who sells quite a few info products, approached me about buying my blog. I wasn’t really considering putting this blog up for sale, but I decided it would not hurt to see what he had to offer.

He wanted me to get back to him with a price, so I had to do some pricing research. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the prices that blogs normally sell for. From doing research, it seemed like fair market value for the blog would be somewhere between 12,000 and 30,000. When I looked at my current plans and made a realistic estimate at next years profits from this blog I came up with a higher number than 12,000-30,000. So, I went ahead and asked for a price that was over 30,000 dollars. I don’t want to give specific numbers in case someone else offers to buy my blog in the future. Also, the number I gave was higher than the number I would have taken.

I personally just couldn’t see selling this blog for it’s fair market value, because of the plans that I have for it. If he had made an offer at the upper end of it’s fair market value, I would have seriously considered it. I am glad he didn’t make an offer that was in my “I don’t know” range. He made it quite easy to turn down the offer.

The price I ultimately asked for was pretty close to the numbers being discussed in the sale of the Blog Herald. The potential buyer let me know that on average he was buying similar blogs to mine for under 10,000 dollars. He actually, gave me an exact number, but I don’t want to reveal it.

That’s when I changed from selling mood to buying mood!

I mean if I could buy a bunch of blogs with similar content and traffic to mine for under 10,000 dollars each… I am pretty sure I could make my money back in no time and have a nice network of blogs for fairly cheap. Alternatively, I could buy other people’s blogs, monetize them better and then flip them. That’s actually a business I would really enjoy.

Needless to say I have not sold my blog. However, the conversations I had with the potential buyer did help me to think more about what I need to do with this blog to make it more remarkable.

So, after going through this whole process, I am REALLY interested in knowing…

What would you be willing to sell your blog for?

Take the poll below and/or leave a comment to let me know.

Poll Results – What web 2.0 site has given you the most free traffic?

September 19, 2007

Here are the results of my last poll:

What web 2.0 site has given you the most free traffic?

MySpace (35%)
Stumbleupon (35%)
Squidoo (10%)
other (10%)
Digg (5%)
Del.icio.us (5%)
Netscape (0%)

Total votes: 20

I was a little surprised by the results. I expected more votes for Netscape and less votes for MySpace. I am not surprised at all by Stumbelupon being one of the two top sites voted on. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, since one of my sites was getting really good traffic from MySpace before I ever signed up for a MySpace account.

Tomorrow I will have a new poll for you and I will be revealing a little bit about the offer someone made this past week to buy my blog. I will also share whether I took it or not…

What a Beaver Can Teach You About Online Business

September 18, 2007

Beavers are fun. They’re cute, furry buck-toothed critters with a respectable work ethic. And for a creature with a rodent-sized brain, it’s amazing to realize that the little builders construct dams across streams and rivers for homes. But it’s also obvious that no beaver has ever seen a computer, much less knows how to use one. So then, what CAN you learn about online business from a beaver?

  1. A big thing is made from lots of small things: When a beaver wants to build a dam, it cuts down lots of small trees and not just one big, huge tree. They chew them down, strip them, haul them, and pack them until their dams are what they want them to be. In online business, your success will most likely not be because you do one big thing, but because you take your template for small successes and stack it until you get the income you want. A big income made from a lot of small sources of income.

  2. Don’t be afraid of work: Beavers are furry brown bundles of construction goodness. They don’t mind getting wet, dirty, or chewing on wood if it’ll get them where they want to go. If you want an online business, you’ll have to work, may have to do things you’ve never done before, and certainly will have to learn. Fortunately for you, there’s no wet, dirty, or wood chewing involved, so don’t be afraid of it. It’s all part of the process.

  3. You can do big things even if you’re small: Occasionally, beavers can build dams so big they become a public nuisance. A public nuisance created by a creature less than a yard long. So remember the beaver when you think you’re too small to do big things. Especially in online businesses where small entrepreneurs on shoestring budgets can build big things if they keep at it.

Although it would probably drag off a computer to put it in its latest construction project if it ever saw one, these furry flat-tailed rodents can certainly teach you a few things about online business. You could do worse than take a few pointers from the beaver.

Seriously, how do you make a beautiful, sellable ebook? Find your answers today with The Ebook Walkthrough!

My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m the co-author of Can I Make Big Money Online.

Internet Marketing Tips 9/17/2007

September 16, 2007

Normally this post would come on Friday, but I decided to wait until today to share some of last week’s internet marketing tips. I am going to start this week’s internet marketing tips off with a new service designed to help bloggers get more traffic to their blog:

Blog Rush Released
John Reese released Blog Rush last Friday. I was hesitant about signing up because a popular Internet Marketer told me Friday that he’s interested in buying my blog, so I wasn’t sure if this was the best time to test out Blog Rush. Despite that fact, I went ahead and signed up for Blog Rush, and I plan on letting you know if it increases my traffic or not. To learn more about Blog Rush, click here.

How to speed up WordPress easily
Marco Richter shares a cool trick for speeding up your wordpress blog. I might try this on my blog in the near future.

A Closer Look At Current Trends In Blog Design
A good look at design trends in the blogging world. I have seen quite a few blogs changing design this summer. I really like the idea of highlighting featured content at the top of my blog, which is one of the main reasons I plan on doing another blog redesign in the future. However, I have more pressing business the next month or two.

Feds OK Fee for Priority Web Traffic

Bad news for the Net Neutrality gang. I am not at all happy with this decision by the US government. Guess it’s time to move to Canada, or run for office...

The Internet Home Business Magazine for Moms & Dads

September 14, 2007

My good friend Wendy Piersall has just made some big changes over at eMoms at Home. She has created quite a few more channels, added new bloggers, and turned her blog into a magazine for Moms and Dads. I think it is a great move on Wendy’s part.

I have been unbelievably impressed with what Wendy has done with her blog over the past year. This new move to expand it, was a great idea. I think you may see other people copy this move of hers. Who knows, maybe I will do something like this. I have actually been thinking of ways to expand this blog, and bringing on more bloggers always comes to mind. What Wendy has done with her blog has me thinking even bigger.

Anyway, if you want to read more details about the changes Wendy has made, check out her post about the New eMomsathome Magazine.

Mantyweb LLC

September 12, 2007

Things have been too busy for me the last few weeks to write at my normal posting frequency. However, I do have a few tidbits of news for you.

Jill and I incorporated and we are now co-owners of Mantyweb LLC. Over the next few months I will have to go update all of my sites to reflect that.

We have been working on our new project a lot. I plan on talking about that a little more in the near future, but suffice it to say that it has morphed into something different than Jill’s original idea. I strongly believe that the change is for the best.

Lastly, I am taking a day off tomorrow, so see ya on Friday.

The Power Of Word Of Mouth Traffic

September 11, 2007

I am going to talk about one of the best ways to drive traffic to your site for FREE

A few years ago, when we started our Winter Olympics Blog (http://2006turinolympics.com/) one of the first things we did was tell just about everyone we knew about it. We also told them to tell their friends about it. That brought us instant traffic to our new blog. We also had a relative send the site out to a Sports list they are on. That brought instant TARGETED traffic to the site. Before getting any traffic from the Search Engines we were already getting a regular stream of traffic. Because many of the people we told about our blog were interested in the Olympics, they continued to come back as visitors.

So what if you don’t have that many people to tell about your website? How do you get free word of mouth traffic?

When you start your online business you should have determined who your target audience is. Once you have identified your target audience, you need to get involved with that community. Here is a step by step example of how to do that.

For this example, let’s say that you have a website/blog that is about coin collecting.

1. Search for forums about coin collecting, and other related topics (collecting antiques, investing, etc.) .

2. Look through the posts on those forums and decide which ones have the most people looking for the type of information you provide on your website.

3. Join as many of those forums as you can.

4. Start participating in those forums and provide valuable feedback on the forum. Don’t just blatantly advertise your site. Become a friend to people on the forums.

Repeat these steps with email lists from places like Yahoo Groups and Topica. Also, look for related blogs and give useful comments on those blogs (especially if you have your own blog). If you know other people who are part of a related community, let them know about your site and ask them to spread the word to their community.

This will spread the news about your site via word of mouth. It will give you FREE INSTANT traffic. Word of mouth traffic is a great way to launch a site or to drive new targeted traffic to your site.

Do any of you remember getting an email about the Interview with God?

Several years back I received the email about this site from more than one person. Everyone was forwarding this on (I even forwarded it to people). It was a very inspiring slide show (now a flash movie).

Well, a few years ago Yanik Silver invited the owner of the Interview with God to speak at the Underground Online Seminar. The owner revealed that he did not pay one penny on advertising. All of his traffic has been 100% FREE. And guess how much money he is making?

He makes about 3 million dollars a year from that site! All that money from one great idea and word of mouth traffic.

Word of mouth traffic can be great for your online business. Especially, when it spreads virally. Viral traffic is traffic where people like your site so much that they lead other people to your site without you having to paying any advertising costs. Word of mouth traffic that spreads virally is one of the best ways to get traffic to your site. That is what happened with the Interview with God, and it is also what can happen to your site.

Internet Marketing Tips 9/7/2007

September 7, 2007

Wow! It’s already September, “Where did the year go?” Ok, the year isn’t over, but it’s getting there.

Anyway, the past couple of weeks have been very up and down. I have had car troubles (twice), birthday parties, etc. Our friend Mareike from Germany is visiting this month (came in on Monday), which is great, but has added to the craziness. Suffice it to say things have been really crazy. As you can imagine, I haven’t done my normal amount of online reading the last two-three weeks. Here are some of the Internet marketing/online business articles that I have read recently and thought you would enjoy:

Knowing When To Slow Down
This is such an important thing to remember. I almost always link to articles that I come across that emphasize this point.

Knowing When to Work Like a Dog and Go For Broke!
Wendy offers a nice counter point to the previous article by Dawud. Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post where Wendy reveals that she will be making a big announcement about a secret project she has been working on.

Creating A Quick HTML Sitemap To Increase Crawlability
Court writes about a really useful wordpress plug-in that I am definitely going to install in the next couple of weeks. It should help a little with the Search Rankings for this blog.

That was it for this week’s Internet marketing tips from the web.

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