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Seven Ways to Make Your Own Money Repellant

March 19, 2008

All that cash you can make online is sickening, isn’t it? It flits around your head like a cloud of mosquitos, fattening your wallet and getting on your nerves. It has the real chance of becoming a worldwide epidimic, and it must be stopped. So I’m going to grab this bull by the horns and do something about it.

money repellant

Anyone can avert the tragedy of making their own money online, because anyone can make their own money repellant. It doesn’t take any dangerous chemicals or special skills, because just one of these seven quick and easy to implement methods will help you avoid the burden of potential profits in your online business like a true master.

1.) Don’t collect a list:
If you don’t want to make money online, absolutely refuse to collect a list. That way, you can’t ask the same customers to buy from you again.

2.) Use boring email subject lines:
Even if you’re unfortunate enough to have a list and an effective sales pitch, you still have to get your recipient to open your email. If you use a catchy subject line, there’s a good chance they will, and you’ll be cursed with even more money pouring into your budget. So, to prevent anyone from ever seeing your effective sales pitch, use a dull and boring subject line, and don’t keep a swipe file of examples that caught your attention so you can learn from them.

3.) Limited contact information:
If you’re selling your own products online, having a limited means of identifying and contacting you is all but certain to erase those pesky sales. If by some odd circumstance you actually want to sell your products, remember to make the means of contacting you obvious and easy to find by potential customers.

4.) Malfunctioning mini-sites:
The malfunctioning mini-sites I’ve visited worked this way. I visited, I liked the pitch, and I paid for the product. When I tried to return to the site to claim it, it crashed. This caused me to email its owner in irritation and swear off buying from them again. Being careless and making your mini-site malfuction is an excellent way to chase off future sales, and even inflict forced credit card returns or a damaged reputation on yourself. Should you not wish to use this particular variety of money repellant, remember to test your mini-sites before launching them.

5.) Miserable customer service:
This is one of the best ways to chase money away from any future products you sell. If you become known for consistently delivering inferior customer service, it will make it all but impossible for you to keep a core of repeat buyers for your future ventures. You can be satisfied in the knowledge that not only have you repelled boatloads of irritating money from your business, but that your customers will be turning red and screaming at their computer screens, all because of you.

6.) Look like a spammer:
You don’t even have to be a spammer to repel money, you just have to look like one. Carelessly constructed web pages, barrages of pop-up windows, and writing over images are great ways to look haphazard, unprofessional, and spammy. For an added touch, make the text on your web site too small to read, and visitors who might otherwise have inflicted profits on your online business will flee in disgust as fast as they arrive.

7.) Lie to your customers:
This is a wonderful way to blow your reputation and eradicate any possibility of that irritating cash coming your way again. If you lie to your customers about what your product or service does, or about how well the affiliate you’re promoting works, they’ll think you’re a complete jerk and tell all their friends about you. In extreme circumstances, it might even result in legal action against you, which will relieve you of tons of unwanted money in fines and court fees.

Did I fail to mention one of your favorite ways to make money repellant? Feel free to comment, because together, we can save one more innocent Enetrepreneur from online profits.

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 one of the co-authors of Can I Make Big Money Online.


Product Launch Forumla 2.0

March 18, 2008

I have been ill with the flu so I haven’t had the time to mention this, but Jeff Walker has been putting out some free videos with great information about product launches. I am going to make this real quick, so…

Click here to check out the Product Launch Formula website to see the free videos.

Keep Your Priorities Straight

March 18, 2008

When you start an online business it’s easy to let your priorities get out of balance. One of my biggest weaknesses is staying balanced. That is why every now and then I like to write about staying balanced.

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It is easy to let work and business take an unhealthy priority in your life and this is especially true when you are trying to make a living online. It is easy to put in that extra hour on the computer and skip that game of basketball you were planning on playing with your kid. It’s easy to stay up late at night working on your social networking profile and be too tired the next day to take time out of your day to write your spouse that love note you were going to surprise him/her with. It’s easy to work an extra hour writing that blog post, instead of working out at the gym…

You need to keep your priorities straight while you try to make money online. Otherwise you will risk losing the things that are most important to you.

Which brings me to a change in my priorities for the next few months…

The last 4 weeks I (and my family) have been fighting off colds and the flu. I have decided that in order to take care of things that I need to take care of before our baby is born in May, I am going to being spend much less time online the next two months.

I am not going to be spending as much time writing for the next two months. However, I will still be taking submissions for guest posts. Also, Ryan, Monika, and Trent will still be posting regularly on this blog.

You will still great advice on this blog, just not as much of it will be coming from me the next two months.

Keep your priorities straight… you and your loved ones will be glad that you did!

What Niche Mini Site Resources Do You Recommend?

March 13, 2008

I have been ill with the flu this week (after having just recovered from a virus), so I am going to keep this short.

After Ryan’s latest post, Chris asked:


How do you advise a person to get started in mini-site marketing? Do you know of any good resources, or is this something that a person would have to find on thier own?

I decided to write a list of resources, but then realized I am too ill to do so. So, I am doing something different! I am going to start the ball rolling with one recommendation and let YOU give your recommendations. Feel free to include affiliate links as long as you really believe in the program.

Here’s my recommendation…

Jim Edwards “Mini-Site” Creator Home Study Course
Jim’s course gives you step-by-step, click-by-click mechanical “how to” steps for setting up money-making niche mini-sites. This particular program is aimed at people who don’t have the money to hire a webmaster and/or lack the technical know-how to create professional mini-sites.

What do you recommend?

UPDATE: Just to be clear I am looking for ANY resources on making niche mini sites. This includes how to pick the niche, marketing, product creation, etc.

Mock Not the Humble Mini-Site

March 13, 2008

I look back at my original money-making concepts, and while they were valid, they leave me
with the same conclusion.

I goofed.

It’s not that I got the principles wrong, because you can make money from content sites and
blogs. No, it was more a question of a resource mismatch. My manpower consisted entirely of me and any task I happened to outsource as I needed. That isn’t so good when you’re trying to maintain a blog or content sites.

Those types of sites take a lot of work to keep fresh unless you’re a scraper, and you never want to become one of those because some people consider scraper sites to be unethical. You can’t just let them sit, because fresh content is the only way you get repeat traffic and in the case of blogs, syndication. This means you’re always adding or changing content, which adds work you could be spending making money with something else less effort-intensive.

Mini-sites are another matter entirely. For those of you unfamiliar with them, a mini-site
is a tiny site built specifically to do one thing well. This includes such things as:

  • Get you to buy something. If you’ve ever landed on a sales letter page, you’ve seen this type of mini-site.

  • Get you to opt-in to a list.

  • Get you to click and buy through an affiliate link.

In fact, when it comes to making money online, mini-sites are ideal for the single individual entrepreneur. They don’t take much to maintain once they’re optimized and working, don’t require regular content updates, and aren’t megabytes worth of code in size. Once you add the fact they focus the attentions of their visitors on a single thing, you have a good concept for a low-cost, low-maintenance sales tool. In other words, less time in building and maintaining the site, and more time to promote and profit from it.

I grasped this myself, but my other mistake was to make my mini-pages part of my existing web site instead of giving them their own URL’s. This won’t work well because:

  • The URL will be unattractive, or at the very least not memorable.

  • It gives your visitors too much of an opportunity to be distracted.

  • It makes it impossible to brand with a catchy URL of its own and perhaps go viral.

So learn from my goof, and mock not the humble mini-site. You can make money in other ways, but the mini-site is ideal for a single individual to make and then use in list gathering,
affiliate page promotions, or sales of ebooks. It’s the reason I won’t be using anything else in the future.

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 one of the co-authors of Can I Make Big Money Online.

What Do You Think Of My New WordPress Theme?

March 11, 2008

It’s finally here!

I finally finished the new theme for this blog last week and decided to put it up tonight.

A few months ago, I was looking around for inspiration for a new theme and came across Brian Gardner’s Revolution Magazine theme (you have probably seen it in various forms on other blogs). I really liked it, so I bought the license that allows me to use it on multiple blogs. I changed the layout and design to suit my needs. Chere, who has done web design for me on various projects, created the logo for me. She is fantastic to work with.

So, what do you think of the new theme?

Here’s a screen shot of the old theme for comparison:

old theme

Click on it to see a bigger version.

Do you like the new theme better or the old one?

Create A Business Plan For Success Online

March 11, 2008

When you start out online you need to make a solid business plan. A business plan is your roadmap for success.

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My father told me to create a business plan a long time ago and at first I didn’t listen to him (I should have). My father has made a REALLY good living helping new companies develop successful business plans designed to get these companies government funding. He is an absolute expert at what he does. I wish I had listened to his advice about making a business plan early on because he really knows what he is talking about.

However, you don’t have to make the same mistake I made.

All you need to do is find a good business plan template and fill it out. You can get a good business plan template for FREE by going to SCORE’s template gallery and downloading their business plan for start-up businesses. You don’t have to answer all the questions posed in the business plan template to have a successful business, but the more questions you answer the better understanding you will have your business.

Some of the questions covered in the business plan will be things we discussed earlier in the Getting Started series. Some of the questions are new questions that will help you better understand ALL the planning that you can do to create a roadmap for your success.

Creating a business plan will help speed up your quest for online success.

The 10 Best Ways To Increase Blog Traffic

March 7, 2008

I wrote a list of 101 ways to get traffic to your blog a while back. I decided to narrow that list down to the ten best ways I have found to get traffic to my blogs.

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The 10 Best Ways To Increase Blog Traffic:

  1. SEO
    Without a doubt SEO has been my favorite way to get traffic to my blogs. The Google algorithm loves blogs, which makes SEO a very good way to get traffic to your blog.

  2. Commenting
    Leaving comments on blogs in related niches is a great way to get new targeted traffic to your blog. It is also an excellent way to build relationships with other bloggers which leads me to number 3…

  3. Networking
    Networking is possibly the single most important skill for making big money online. It is also a great way to build traffic to your blog.

  4. Word Of Mouth
    Simply tell your friends and family about your blog and/or specific posts on your blog. You will be surprised by how much traffic that can generate.

  5. Linkbait
    Create posts that are designed to grab people’s attention. Controversial posts are often associated with linkbait, but there are plenty of other ways to create linkbait. 101 lists make for good linkbait and so do posts that are out of the ordinary in some way.

  6. Link Out
    Link liberally to other blogs in your posts. Many bloggers keep track of incoming links to their blog and will come check out your blog when you link to them. This can also help you get comments.

  7. Stumbleupon
    I am a big fan of using stumbleupon for getting traffic to your blog. If you haven’t signed up for it you should. Stumbleupon is this blogs third best traffic source, behind retuning visitors, and Google.

  8. List Posts
    I have found that posts with lists (like this one) generate more traffic to your blog. They tend to get bookmarked and voted on more on social sites. The more list posts you write the more traffic you will get.

  9. Blog Memes
    Create a blog meme and tag other bloggers. Participating in blog memes has definitely increased my blog traffic. One blog meme in particular really helped this blog out and I never even participated in it.

  10. Quality Content
    Quality content is the key to keep people coming back for more. If you write posts that people enjoy reading, they will come back regularly to read your posts. Having regular readers is a great way to increase blog traffic.

Those are the ten best ways I have found to get traffic to my blogs. What are your favorite ways to get traffic to your blog?

What a Soft Drink Can Teach You About Making Money from Convenience

March 5, 2008

I noticed a funny thing about my favorite soft drink.


image by locusolus

The two bottle sizes I purchase the most are the 20 ounce and the 2 liter variety. Usually, you find the 20 ounce bottle in some sort of cooler right there in the store. Once you’ve bought it, you have a nice cold soft drink ready for you right then. The 2 liter bottles sit on the shelves because they’re too big for the mini-fridges. You can buy them, but to drink them cold, you have to take them home and pop them in your refrigerator for a while.

Which one costs more? If you said the 2 liter bottles, you would be wrong. The 20 ounce bottles cost more, despite the fact you get far less soft drink. This is because they’re cold and conveniently sized for someone on the go.

What can you learn for this?

  • I drink way too many soft drinks, and

  • Convenience sells

Enough with the soda pop. How can this help you make money online?

Convenience is an excellent marketing angle, even if you have a digital product or online service. Have a web application that helps make something onerous more convenient, like the dreaded ‘htaccess’ file? It’ll sell. Have an ebook about how to do something faster or easier? Everyone loves fast, easy, and convenient, regardless of your niche. Want someone to visit your web page and click on your affiliate links? Give them a reason clicking on your affiliate links would make something more convenient for them.

Here are some real life examples:

  • Web applications that can make web sites quickly without having to build them from scratch are popular. WordPress is being used for rapid web site construction now for just that reason. You get the platform, load it, then create pages for all your different sections. Since it’s already optimized for search engines and has hundreds of different templates floating around the Internet that you can use, you’re set even if you don’t want a blog.

  • You’ve probably seen the time-tested link list article. It’s a long list of links to web pages and resources related to a single topic, with an opening and closing paragraph or two. A visitor who wants to know more about that topic, or get resources on a topic, only has to go to one of this kind of article and not spend hours in front of a search engine. These types of lists take hours to research, but they are link love magnets because they’re convenient.

  • Review pages are similar, but instead of just a link list, you give your opinion on the products or services you’re listing. This type of page lends itself well to affiliate promotion, because the links to the products you’re reviewing can easily be your affiliate links. This makes it convenient for someone searching for information to find a lot of reviews in the same place. If you do make a review page, give your visitors your honest opinion and do not lie, or you will end your credibility.

Need an idea for a digital product, blog, or traditional web site? Consider the convenience angle. It’s already proven as a profitable product concept and a marketing hook.

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 one of the co-authors of Can I Make Big Money Online.

WabbaDabba – The Search Engine That Pays

March 4, 2008

Guest Post by Matthew Tutt

Although not strictly a guaranteed way of making money online, WabbaDabba provides many Internet searchers with the opportunity to win various prizes instantly on their website.

WabbaDabba is a search engine powered by Yahoo which rewards random Internet searches with prizes ranging from Amazon vouchers to plasma screen televisions. These prizes are rewarded at certain times during the day simply for using their search engine.

WabbaDabba earns money through the search engine provider (Yahoo) and so this is how they are able to fund these excellent prizes. The search engine works fine with no kind of pop-ups or nasty spyware, you can simply use WabbaDabba how you would use any search engine. If you win a prize you will be instantly notified on screen. The more times you search with WabbaDabba the higher your chances of winning a prize, though you are limited to 150 searches per day (I doubt anyone could really search that many times anyway).

Another great feature of WabbaDabba is the refer-a-friend plan – if one of your referrals wins a prize, you also win that same prize! So if you were to refer someone that wins a Nintendo Wii from searching, you will also win a Nintendo Wii!

Although you aren’t actually guaranteed to earn anything from using WabbaDabba, it does still provide more excitement than the standard search engine would offer, and it is sure to be very popular amongst the many Internet search engine fans.

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