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Why Have a Web Site if You’re Doing Well Offline?

October 30, 2007

As I mentioned in my last post, it’s advantageous to have a web site even if you run an offline business that’s just local in scope. The biggest reason is because it gives your business a sense of legitimacy in the business world of the twenty-first century. If you don’t have a site, you look like a second-rate business in the eyes of many even if you’re not.

But besides the fact you’ll be behind the curve if you don’t have a web page, having your own site can also help you because:

  • You can brand your business and make it convenient for your existing customers to see testimonials, business hours, and product or service selections. You don’t even have to do anything special to get the word out about your web page address. URL’s can be put on business cards, signs, and stationary you already use just like your other contact information.

  • You can offer online options to your customers they can’t get offline. An example of this is an email newsletter (which takes no paper by the way) for your existing customers that inform them of your specials and limited time offers.

  • Show them related products and services that don’t compete with you, but go well with whatever you’re offering. These would be affiliate links that make you more money while pointing your customers at other things they may find valuable. An example would be party supplies and entertainment links on a catering site.

This is just what you can do with the customers you already have. Next time, I’ll talk about how you can use a web site to expand the volume of your business.

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.

Six Ways to Make Money Blogging

October 29, 2007

Guest Post by Trent Brownrigg

Blogging has become a huge craze in the past couple years and with it’s increasing popularity has also come an increase in people wondering how they can make money with their blogs. I see questions on internet marketing forums all the time asking how to make money blogging. I also get frequent emails from people wondering the same thing. Therefore, I decided to write up this post discussing a few ways that I make money from my blogs.

So, here are a six ways I make money with my blogs on a regular basis and you can too:

1) Sell links in the sidebar or blogroll.

Charge a certain amount per month for a link in your blogs sidebar under “favorite links” or in the “blogroll” if that’s where you put your links. This is a very good way to make recurring income from your blog. Set up a monthly subscription for each advertiser that automatically bills them each month until they cancel. Most people will keep their links for many months, or even years. If you have a high traffic blog people will pay big bucks to get a link from you.

You might want to be careful with this one though because Google has recently cracked down on blogs selling text links. They have lowered the PR and in some cases the rankings of blogs doing this. However, it seems that most blog owners are not too worried about this because traffic comes from so many different sources that Google doesn’t make much of a difference. Plus, the PR of your blog really doesn’t matter. If you are only selling links based on your PR then you need to change your strategy anyway.

2) Charge for postings on your blog.

You can have an advertising option where businesses and website owners can pay a certain amount for a post on your blog. You can have them write up a review, article, press release, advertisement, or any other type of post. Or you can write it for them. Limit it to maybe 250 words or less to ensure they don’t make it too long. This method is great because you are adding content to your blog and getting paid for it.

3) Adsense.

By now pretty much every blog owner knows what Adsense is so this one is basically self-explanatory. Just sign up for Google Adsense and put the code on your blog. You make money every time someone clicks on an ad.

4) Affiliate reviews.

Every once in a while you can write up a review for a product or service that you are an affiliate of. If anyone buys it from your affiliate link then you will earn commissions. This is a really good way to make money from your blog. However, don’t get in the habit of posting lots of affiliate reviews. I like to do maybe two per month or so.

5) Get paid to blog sites.

There are sites such as PayPerPost.com and ReviewMe.com where you can sign up and get paid for blogging about other people’s sites. How much you get paid depends on a number of factors but if you have a popular blog you can make quite a bit per post.

6) The news cash method.

This one is very simple. All you have to do is go to http://www.thenewsroom.com and sign up for free. Then find some news related to the topic of your blog. You will see a little “embed” button next to all the news articles and videos. Click that button and copy the code to put it on your blog. You will then get paid every single time someone visits the page it’s posted on. You only make a very small amount of money per visit, but it adds up over time and you can post these news articles as much as you want.

There you have it. Six ways to make money blogging. I’m sure there are more ways that you can make money with your blog but these are some of the more popular methods, and they are the ones I have been successful with.

Dedicated to your success,
Trent Brownrigg
Home Based Business Opportunities

This Week’s Google Bomb

October 26, 2007

There has been a lot of talk this week in the blogosphere about Google dropping the pagerank of prominent blogs. I wrote about it earlier this week. Instead of my normal Internet marketing tips from the web post, this week I am going to share some of the posts I read this week about Google’s actions:

My opinion on Google “slamming” folks for paid links
I am going to start with Jason Calacanis, who I mentioned in my previous post. I disagree with Jason on this. I understand wanting to comply with Google, but in my opinion webmasters should be able to interlink their sites for promotional purposes. They shouldn’t have to tell Google about these links; it’s Google’s problem- not the blogs.

Google PageRank: Joke Of The Blogosphere?
Andy Beard’s post was my favorite read on this topic so far.

The Great Google Bitch Slap
I found this post via Andy and it is a very entertaining look at the situation.

Competition: Create a Slogan for Bloggers Hit by the Page Rank Slam of October 07
Darren Rowse is running a competition to create a slogan for bloggers hit by the page rank update. Pretty funny, and it has a really good reward. Go check it out.

Court offered a couple of posts on this topic:

Alternate Theory For Google PageRank Drops

Google Slapping Entire Internet Marketing Industry

Both of Court’s articles are good reads.

How Did eMoms at Home Come Out of This Page Rank Scandal Unscathed?
Wendy asks the same question that others have been asking, “Why haven’t I been hit by Google?” Who knows why everyone hasn’t been hit. Maybe she has been hit. Maybe on the next pagerank update emomsathome was going to be a PR6. The answer is that this is probably just a partial update, but we will see.

I mentioned in my post last week, “Am I A Sheep In The Googlesphere?” that it seems like a bad idea to tick off so many bloggers. It will be very interesting to see what happens next…

PS. If you are looking for some real excellent information on making money online, check out Chris Garret’s series on making money online from the last two weeks. It has been an excellent read.

Google Attacks Blogrolls

October 24, 2007

TechCrunch announced today that Google is lowering the Pagerank of blog networks. A large number of blog networks rely on income from selling text link ads. Google hates text links ads. So it’s not a big surprise that this would happen.

I had a conversation once about my initial concerns about interlinking blogs with the founder of Weblogs Inc., Jason Calacanis. In the comments of this post, Jason said:


in term of interlinking out blogs we always did it in an honest way. It’s totally acceptable for NBC to tell you what’s on Bravo or the SciFi channel, and it’s fine for blog networks to have their own blogrolls…

We both agreed that interlinking blogs shouldn’t be a problem.

So is lowering the pagerank of blogs that interlink ok?

In my opinion it is fine. Lowering the pagerank for blogs that interlink seems like a legitmate thing to do, but I don’t think it should affect the blogs Search Engine rankings. I guess we will find out if Google thinks the same thing.

On the other hand, I understand why bloggers would be upset about this, because it does affect their livelihood. I personally wish Google would just forget about text link ads and work on improving their algorithm. If Google doesn’t improve their algorithm, then companies like Proximic will stand a chance at taking away their business.

What do you think?

Thanks to Matt for the heads up on this news.

Earn Money Offline? Earn it Online Too

October 23, 2007

I’ve written about earning money online quite a bit, but when I do, I’m usually talking to people looking for a new income or those who’ve never considered entrepreneuralism before. But you can also make money online if you currently have a traditional offline business. In fact, if you’re not already online, you’re missing an excellent opportunity for expansion.

So, I’m going to spend a few posts talking to people who have offline small or home-based businesses who want to know if (or why) they should expand online. If this is you, there are a few good reasons to do so.

  • Having your own website is widely viewed as a mark of a legitimate business nowadays. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get a basic one posted.

  • If you can ship or deliver products or services digitally (like ghostwriting, copywriting, or web design), getting the extra volume from the Internet would help you greatly. Some businesses even conduct business solely on the Internet, like Amazon.com.

  • You spin off products related to the knowledge or skills gained from your offline business in the form of ebooks and training packages, and then sell them. Ebooks in particular lend themselves to this technique well. Information sells, and can be stuffed full of affiliate links besides. You can sell the ebook for a profit, have the affiliate links within it make you more money afterwards, then market to the list you collect with future offers promoting your business or affiliate programs. And all of this is due to the same product.

In my next few posts, I’ll go over each point in more detail. If you’ve ever thought about adding online strategies to your offline business, don’t miss it.

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.

The Reese Report Review

October 19, 2007

Wow, where do I start?

John Reese is an Internet marketing genius who has been making tons of money online for a very long time. If anyone’s site should be ranked number 1 for the term “make money online” it would be his.

I have been a Reese Report subscriber now since March of 2007 and I LOVE THE REESE REPORT! Did I say that loud enough?

If I could have access to ONLY one Internet marketing product it would be the Reese Report.

Every month John puts out a new edition of the Reese report and every month my brain absorbs everything he has to say.

What Do You Get When You Join?

The Reese Report is a monthly subscription site that offers a monthly video newsletter and pdf file. You also get a CD with the newsletter video and printed copy of the pdf that goes with the video newsletter.

John lays out his newsletter with a new lesson every month. Each newsletter includes:

  • An in-depth Monthly Internet marketing Lesson

  • Hot New Tool Reviews

  • Website Marketing Make Overs

  • Virtual Real Estate Ideas

  • Info product Ideas

  • and more…

His site also includes a membership forum where you can ask questions and get good answers from members, moderators, and John himself.

Once John releases his paid membership section of income.com, Reese Report subscribers will be grandfathered in and will get both the Reese Report and the income.com membership for the same price as the Reese Report alone. I am really looking forward to that!

If you aren’t already a member, then click here to download a free preview of the Reese Report. Check it out and let me know what you think…

What’s Going On With The Business?

October 18, 2007

Hey, I wanted to give you a quick update on what’s going on with our secret project, what’s going on with this blog, and a few other things.

First of all I wanted to let you know that Jill is expecting again. Child # 6 is due in May. We are both very excited and happy to be having another child (they are blessings). Anyway, the baby news has made me re-think some of our plans and timelines.

I finished working on some free wordpress themes. I will probably release them next week, as I have plans that are going to keep me busy this weekend. While working on the themes, I realized that I really enjoy web design. As a JAVA/web developer I do some web design at my 9-5 job. At one point I was going to start up a web design firm. I changed my mind because I didn’t think there would be enough money it. I may have to rethink that since I do enjoy it.

I mentioned in an earlier post, Jill and I have expanded our target market for the first phase of our secret project because of the market research we did.

Yes, you read that right, I said “first phase”.

I have a plan to come out with a series of helpful products for you. All of which will help you make more money online. Some of them I may be collaborating on with other people, but the details of the next phases have not been ironed out yet. I have to focus on finishing this project and then moving on to the next product.

That is what is currently go on with things.

PS. We are having a lively conversation about the Bionic Woman on our tv blog, for those interested…

Poll Results – How Much Money Would You Sell Your Blog For?

October 17, 2007

A few weeks ago, I ran a poll asking you,

How Much Money Would You Be Willing To Sell Your Blog For?

48 of you answered the poll and here are the interesting results:

1-10,000 dollars (23%)
10,001-20,000 dollars (2%)
20,001-30,000 dollars (19%)
30,001-40,000 dollars (4%)
40,001-50,000 dollars (0%)
Over 50,000 dollars (38%)
I Would Never Sell It (15%)

The most popular option was 50,000 dollars or more. I have to be honest with you, from a pure business standpoint most blogs aren’t worth over 50,000 dollars. In fact, most are worth under 15,000 dollars. Over half of you (53%) said you would either sell your blog for over 50,000 or not sell it at all. Wow! I think that just shows how personal blogs are and how attached we as bloggers are to our blogs. I was a bit surprised by the 15% of you who said you would never sell your blog… never??? If someone gave you a million dollars you wouldn’t sell it?

Does anything from the poll results surprise you?

Make Money Online With Ebay Loophole

October 16, 2007

T.M. Harris, the author of the Ebay Profit Loophole wrote me a few weeks ago to review his ebook. I get lots of offers to review Internet marketing info products, and most of them just aren’t worthwhile. Anyway, I went ahead and took a look at the ebay loophole and I was pleasantly surprised.

The book explains a step by step system to make money with ebay. While I was aware of this “loophole”, I was very impressed with the simplicity of the system. It actually doesn’t look to me like it would take too much work to do and it could pay off really well. I also think it could help you make more money if you’re already making money with ebay.

The ebook is short (only 22 pages), and he could have gone into more details, but overall it is a really good read. I think it is definitely one way you can make some good money online.

For those of you who want to make money online and want a very simple step by step guide, I recommend you go buy the ebay loophole. It’s a great price ($9.97), an easy read, and looks like it should be a very fast and easy way to make money online with ebay.

Click here to check it out.

Did You Notice The Change?

October 14, 2007

Did you notice the slight changes in my WordPress theme?

I made a few small changes to my current theme, but they are only temporary. The main change was the new menu bar at the top and I made some minor changes to my sidebars.

I am going to be working with a wordpress theme designer to come up with a new theme for this blog. I am also going to be creating some free wordpress themes along the way that you and others can download. And yes, the free themes are partly influenced by this discovery back in March. Shortly after making that post, quite a few people (including my competitors) started creating free wordpress themes and now I am going to.

So, do you like the changes to my current theme?

Is it easier to find stuff, or harder? Would you prefer my content on the left or the right? Should I start adding pictures to my posts? Do you want videos? Anything else you would like to see changed?

Please let me know…

Am I A Sheep In The Googlesphere?

October 12, 2007

There were some rather interesting posts and developments this week. Most of them were about Google. So instead of my normal “Internet marketing tips from the web” post, this post should be titled “Internet marketing tips from the Googlesphere”.

Hmmm… Did I just create a new term?

I will have to go “Yahoo” it… back in a sec.

Nope, Yahoo shows 999 results for Googlesphere, rats!

Anyway, the biggest news of the week across the blogosphere was that Google is lowering the pagerank of sites that sell text link advertising. I don’t know if this includes buying and selling banner links or not, but it should since banner ads normally don’t use the no-follow tag.

I think that those who made this decision at Google don’t understand how powerful the blogosphere really is, or they expect most bloggers to act like sheep and fully support Google.

Here are some of the many posts I have read this week about paid links causing websites to lose Google page rank:

Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings On Google (I read it here first)

Part Three – NoFollow is for Blog Spam…no Paid Text Links, wait…Paid Ads…Aww Heck, Just Stop Linking and Let Calacanis Decide the Rankings

Penalty Confirmed – But I Don’t Sell PageRank

Dancing With The Gevil – Defamed By Google?

Garry Conn and Google

How to Profit from Google’s War on Paid Links

Last, but not least, Aaron Wall pretty much takes the words out of my mouth on this topic:

Google is Becoming Wikipedia Without the Talk Page

So, what am I going to do about this issue?

I haven’t decided yet. On the one hand, I have come up with a plan that could REALLY tick off Google, on the other hand I can be a sheep. Decisions, decisions...

In other news…

Tiny start-up rival to Google?
A new company called Proximic has come up with a very cool new technology. From the sounds of things it might become a great way to monetize your site and be a huge competitor to Google’s Adsense. Microsoft, Yahoo, Google… let the bidding wars begin!

Lastly, I got an email from Google’s Adsense program last night about a new service that lets you make money from YouTube videos. I am very excited about the possibilities for some of my other blogs.

That’s it for now…

The Ezine Poll

October 10, 2007

Here’s a poll for those of you that publish your own ezines, like me. What’s your favorite format?

There’s more than one way to publish an ezine, and I’ve seen several of them before. Here are some of the common ones, and I’d like to hear from you.

  1. Text-only: This is the one I use for my blog summary newsletter. They’re easy to make and don’t cause any real trouble with spam filters unless you’re using words like ‘Viagra’. The down side is that they’re not terribly fancy. By the way, if you do publish a scam online pharmacy newsletter, please leave the URL so I can avoid it.

  2. HTML: This is the type sent by the big companies. Pretty pictures and formatting, but can cause trouble with spam filters and image blocking. You can really go to town with one of these, and would be worth it if you could get it through.

  3. Summaries with link lists: I’ve seen a lot of this format lately, and used it when I’ve had articles too big or picture-loaded to send in straight text. The ezines are on a web page, and the emailings are a list of hyperlinks going to the pages there. They may include some opening text and I’ve even seen some come with tables of contents and pictures.

  4. Summaries with a link: Similar to the one above, but the newsletter is all at the same link. So only one is included with the emailing.

  5. List-only: You don’t publish an ezine. You just collected a list from a product you’ve sold, and periodically send out solo ads to it.

  6. Something else: You don’t care about the conventions and do something completely different. If this is you, I encourage you to comment and tell me what it is because I like originality.

Don’t be shy. Tell me what your favorite ezine format is and why.

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.

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