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Solving Problems in Your Online Business

December 30, 2008

Problems are pandemic, and sooner or later, you’re going to get hit with one. Possibly even more than one, because not only are they pandemic, but they’re rude pests that do things on their own time. When the Internet was created, the pesky things even decided to change with the times and move online. In fact, they were probably out here first.

They’ll hit your online business too. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can use to keep their damage to a minimum.

  • If you see the potential for a problem, fix it then. It’s a lot easier to take preventative measures and not suffer a problem at all than to let one hit you. You might not be able to do this all the time, but you should do it in the times that you can.
  • Don’t make mountains out of molehills. Small problems are just that, and you’ll have enough real mountains to deal with sooner or later. Solve the small problems, but don’t stress over them.
  • Panic solves nothing. In fact, it’s one of the most counterproductive things you can do. Problems happen, so resist the urge to panic.
  • Sometimes, a problem might force a change in your online business. An example of this is a business model that doesn’t quite fit your circumstances anymore. If that happens, change what you need to change, and get back on the horse.
  • Your business is made up of assets. However, no single asset is your business, so don’t fall in love with one because someday, it might become a problem asset. Problem assets need to go away if you want to make money online. It’s not pleasant to pull them down, as I learned from personal experience, but sometimes it’s just what you have to do.

Problems are everywhere. Unfortunately, they can’t be baited into mousetraps with cheese, which makes them really annoying. However, if you keep these tips in mind, they can make solving your online business problems a bit easier.

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


Learn Affiliate Marketing By Emulating Programs Like Forumla 5

December 23, 2008

The folks at Stompernet are arguably the best affiliate marketing machine on the planet. Their affiliates make tons of money every time they release a new product or when they re-open Stompernet to new members.

They are coming out with a new product in early January called Formula 5. I don’t know if the product is any good yet (a review copy is in the mail heading my way), but I highly suggest you check out the marketing they do for the product launch. Go check out their first marketing video by clicking here and opting in to their list. Once you opt-in to their list, study closely how often they email you, how many free videos they release, how close together the emails are, what they say, etc. Also, keep track of what their affiliate are doing to promote it. I recommend you do this because they are THE best at what they do. You can learn a lot by watching the marketing the folks at Stompernet use to sell their products.

In a few weeks I am going to recommend a few other programs to look at for marketing purposes. These programs won’t be in the middle of a launch, but their marketing methods are excellent to emulate for selling an established product. In the meantime, go check out Formula 5 and figure out how to emulate their marketing to make more money online.

Can You Really Earn A Full Time Income Working Two Hours a Day?

December 18, 2008

Guest Post By Hendry Lee

Believe it or not, that is our industry. Thanks for the overzealous marketers who promise the sky in their sales letters, people actually believe that it is possible to setup a lousy site or blog, choose random affiliate products and make money overnight.

That’s also the reason why people jump from one opportunity to another. Starting a project is easy, but finishing it is a challenge because they begin to think everything that takes time to produce results is good for nothing.

To answer the question in the title, earning full time income working two hours a day is possible, but at the same time too unrealistic, especially for newbies.

Before I get hate email and comments below, please allow me to elaborate.

The Truth about Making Money with a Blog

A few years ago, it used to be that professional bloggers started 10-20 blogs at the same time, trying to maintain them at once. However, nowadays you will notice that all of them focus only on one or two that they are either interested / passionate about or niches that have been working well.

Creating valuable content and promoting it takes a lot of time and work. People may laugh at bloggers who are producing great content because they aren’t making money as much as others who are spamming the search engine indexes.

The truth speaks itself but I’d still recommend that you focus on the long term. Why? If you’ve ever noticed a spammy site in the search index one day, try to come back a few months later. I’d bet the page is no longer there. Building your business by producing low quality and auto-generated content in the hope that search engines will grant high rankings is like building your house on sand.

Spam sites may make a small fortune, but they have to constantly come up with new techniques to win over the search engines—which have hundreds of smart people working to improve their products every day. It will only get harder.

A business is not supposed to be successful overnight. That has always been true. As long as you provide value, you are going to make it in the end.

In most cases, bloggers who are able to make full-time income working two hours a day have the following advantages:

  1. They have experience under their belts. Being Internet savvy, for instance is just one example. If you are able to learn how to use new services, capture screenshot, edit photos, use Skype and Twitter to communicate, etc. you can work faster than others. The list of these skills go on and on. It probably takes at least twice as long for average people to do the same thing.

  2. Experience comes from hard work. And they have earned it. They worked hard, sometimes 12-16 hours a day, 7 days a week for years. They reach the level where they know how Internet works specific to the niche they are doing business on.

  3. They have resources. As they have been around for a long time, they know people who are able to help them, even though they work alone. Networking is a critical component of blog promotion.

Obstacles You Have to Overcome

First off, making full time income by blogging is possible by working part time but it is not for beginners.

Don’t believe me? Depends on your content and traffic strategy, just take an example that you are going to create a piece of really good linkbait to be submitted to Digg.

Just browse around Digg to see which the characteristics of articles and contents that have successfully got into the front page. How long does it take for you to create such a piece?

Many bloggers would spend 4-6 hours, some others have to work on it for a few days, just to create a really good content. If you only allocate two hours a day, perhaps you should scratch Digg out of your traffic strategy.

Even if you only write average posts and focus on consistency, you need to use article marketing, guest blogging and other low cost and less time consuming strategies to get traffic. Two hours a day are barely enough to update content on your blog and promote it, let alone handling technical and administrative work.

Be prepared to work more hours at first, at least until you have loyal audience, who is going to promote your blog for you every time you update your blog.

If you are just getting started, set a more realistic goal. If you have not yet earned your first $100 online, perhaps you should do that first and go from there. As you invest more effort into it, you will be able to work faster and become more efficiently.

Patience and focus are two key factors. Blogging can be very rewarding. It allows you to work on your own schedule, writing whatever you want, and still build a business from it. For most people, that is still very worth pursuing. Some readers write me back after I revealed these truths to them, feeling discouraged about the possibilities to build a business online.

Don’t be. In fact, if you don’t buy into these myths and work toward your goal, you will reach your goal faster than if you are trapped in those fictitious believes. To tell the truth, this is something I hope others have written years ago when I was getting started.

Hendry Lee helps bloggers overcome strategic and technological challenges in starting and growing their blogs. He also blogs about tips and strategies on how to make money blogging on his blog Blog Tips for a Better Blog – Blog Building University. While you are there, download your free eBook and subscribe to the blogging e-course!

Have a Twitter account? Follow Hendry on Twitter (@hendrylee).

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December 15, 2008



How To Grow Your Business Fast

December 12, 2008

I forgot to tell you about this when it first came out, so I just wanted to quickly share a free video with you that teaches 7 of Eban Pagan’s most valuable techniques for building a multi-million dollar company. Just click here and opt-in on this page and you’ll be taken DIRECTLY to the video.

Let me know how you like it.

Scarcity and the Holidays

December 10, 2008

Want an example of the limited time offer? The holidays.

They use these a lot in the offline world, such as for Christmas. It’s just around the corner and everyone is buying. Someone throws the occasional sale, and after Christmas, they throw a few more to get rid of what they didn’t sell before Christmas. These sorts of limited time offers are an example of a tactic called scarcity.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the tactic, scarcity is about limiting something good with regards to your product or service in some way. It’s useful because it helps shake the “let me think about it” crowd out of their indecision and gets them to buy for fear of losing out. That’s why the holiday sale scarcity tactic works so well. You have a believable reason to use it and a cutoff date that is not up for negotiation all at the same time.

How else can you use scarcity to help sell your products, get opt-ins, or anything else you want to accomplish?

  • You could cut the price, but only for a for a few days.
  • Limit the entire distribution of your product to just a specific number of people.
  • Offer a freebie with your product, but only for a limited time or a limited number of people.

It works, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t fake it. Any scarcity you create should be real. If you give a cutoff at a specific date or number of people, make sure it’s certain.
  • To generate enough scarcity to sell, don’t give people too much time. No one cares if a cutoff date is months away, but just a few days? That will make them jump.
  • If you want to generate scarcity with a limited time offer or distribution offer freebie, which works for both paid products and affiliate sign-ups, make sure the freebie is worth getting and compliments the primary product or service in some way.

Scarcity sells if used correctly. Every holiday sale ever held is scarcity in action, and it can work for you too.

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.


Need Money Fast? How to Make $300 Today!

December 8, 2008

With the holiday season upon us and the economy the way it is money is really tight for a lot of people right now and there just isn’t enough extra money to buy gifts or even to pay bills. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways you can make money fast to help get you through these tough times. You can quickly and easily make a few hundred dollars using either of the methods I will discuss in this post.

So, without further ado, here are two ways you can make money fast:

1) Warrior Special Offers (WSO) - There is a section of the Warrior Forum for special offers and you can make a lot of money very quickly if you put up a good offer. In fact, some people make a darn good living just from WSO’s. Since you are looking to make money fast you aren’t going to want to spend a lot of time creating a huge top of the line product to sell. Instead, you can just write up a quick 10-20 page report and sell it for $7 or so.

If it’s on a hot topic you shouldn’t have any trouble making a few hundreds bucks. And finding a topic is actually pretty easy. All you have to do is browse through the other WSO’s and see what’s selling really well, or look at what topics are being discussed a lot in the main forum and write up a report based on what you find there.

It does cost $20 to post a WSO but you can make that back in a matter of minutes if your offer is good. Don’t be trying to get away with selling crap there either. The members of that forum are internet marketers and many of them have been around for years, so they will be able to spot your scheme from a mile away. You have to sell a quality product to make money fast from a WSO!

2) Site Flipping – This is one of the hottest topics of the internet marketing world right now. It seems like everyone and their dog is either making money from site flipping or talking about it. And the reason is because it’s a great way to make money fast. You can build a website in a few hours and then turn around and sell it at the Sitepoint Marketplace for a nice profit. It’s not uncommon to see brand new websites sell for a few hundred dollars or more.

If you already have a website and need to make money fast you can list it for sale, or you can easily build a new one using WordPress. Then, write up a few posts to fill it up with some content and sell it for some quick cash. If you are building a new one it would be a good idea to look at what auctions are getting a lot of bids and build your site around the same niche. Set your Buy It Now (BIN) price low to ensure a quick sale if you are just trying to make money as fast as possible.

Alright, that’s all there is to it! Those are two of the easiest ways I can think of to make money fast online. An extra $300 in one day is very much attainable with either of the above methods. You might not make quite that much and you might make a lot more. It all depends on a number of factors. This isn’t something you can do every day but it can be done every once in a while if you need to make some quick cash.

So get started on a new product for a WSO or a website to flip right now and make yourself some extra money for the holidays!


Dedicated to your success, Trent Brownrigg
Teaching you how to make money online with your own internet home business since the year 2003.



Make Money Online Fast With LivePerson.com

December 5, 2008

I just came across a service called LivePerson.com that looks like a very promising way to make money online.

I thought some of you might be interested in trying it out to make a little extra money on the side. This service hooks up people who need expert advice with experts that can provide it. You charge by the minute for advice over the phone or through a chat service (I also think you can do it through email). I will probably sign up for it and try it out sometime.

The only thing I am uncomfortable with is the following two sections in the Terms of Service:

  • Expert agrees that any information or content that Expert posts or transmits through LivePerson.com will not be considered Expert’s confidential information, but rather this information, whether personal in nature or not, shall be owned by LivePerson. Expert further agrees and consents to the Expert’s chats or transcripts, being captured in any format, controlled, processed and shared by LivePerson with third parties as designated solely by LivePerson;
  • Expert grants LivePerson an unlimited, irrevocable, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, display, edit, copy, transmit, process, control, publicly perform, and create derivative works communicate to the public or any third party any such information and content on a world-wide basis;

Otherwise it looks like it might be a cool way to make money online. I will probably try it out when I am caught up on implementing my current business plans.

Click here to check Live Person out for yourself.

Shout out to Garry Conn for letting me know about it.

An Honest Week’s Pay For An Honest Day’s Work

December 2, 2008

In the movie Sergeant Bilko, comedian Steve Martin says,

All I’ve ever wanted was an honest week’s pay for an honest day’s work.

If you are like most people, you want the same thing! I am going to let you know the one business success factor that is most likely to help you achieve that dream in 2009.

Essentially, this is the most important thing for you to do in 2009.

What is it?

FOCUS!

That’s it. The most important thing for you do to succeed in your business is to Focus!

Focus is one of the biggest issues that many of us face in modern society. In fact, the extremely popular Internet marketing guru, Rich Schefren, has been talking a lot about the huge roadblock that a lack of focus causes for most would-be Entrepreneurs.

You have to focus to achieve your goals.

So what do you mean by “focus”?

Many of us check our email too many times a day, spend too much time on social networks, spend too much time reading blogs, spend too much time texting our friends and not enough time focusing on what we want to accomplish. We get distracted all the time and don’t focus on accomplishing our goals. Those are some of the ways that a lack of focus hurts are business efforts. However, there is another way a lack of focus hurts us. Let me use my own business as an example of this.

This past year I have been focusing on personal and spiritual growth and I have not been focused on making my business succeed. This has been really good for me, and I recommend that you never neglect the rest of your life to achieve your business goals. However, last month I started making plans for making my online business more profitable in 2009. I wrote down my list of plans and they looked something like this:

1. Create some websites in a specific non-Internet marketing niche that I am familiar with and then move on to create some sites in another niche I am interested in (I am not naming the niches for competitive reasons).
2. Finish creating a coaching program in the Internet marketing niche (I am more than half way finished with the curriculum).
3. Create a website for the business that my kids want to start and work with them on it.
4. Start another online business in the Internet marketing niche.

My plan was to focus on each plan one at a time, which sounded good in theory, but…

I told one of my friends here in Houston about my plans and he essentially said:

“George you need to FOCUS! I focus on ONE niche and that’s how I dominate it.”

Now before I go on, I need to point out that my friend makes a lot of money in the niche he is in. It isn’t p@rn, gambling or prescription drugs. And it’s not in the Internet marketing / make money online niche. While I don’t want to reveal exact numbers, let’s just say it’s over $50,000/month. In other words, he knows what he’s talking about.

You ever wonder why more people like him don’t get into the Internet marketing niche?

Focus!

You wonder why so many people in this industry only make money selling Internet marketing/make money online products and services to other people?

Focus!

To succeed you need to focus on dominating a niche.

That’s not to say you can’t work on more than one niche. In fact, when you start out you might want to try out a few different niches until you find a niche that you want to dominate. Once you find that niche, focus on it. Then you will be on your way to making an honest week’s pay for an honest day’s work.

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